A systematic review and synthesis of outcome domains for use within forensic services for people with intellectual disabilities

Catrin Morrissey, Peter E. Langdon, Nicole Geach, Verity Chester, Michael Ferriter, William R. Lindsay, Jane McCarthy, John Devapriam, Dawn-Marie Walker, Conor Duggan, Regi Alexander

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Background: There is limited empirical information on service-level outcome domains and indicators for the large number of people with intellectual disabilities being treated in forensic psychiatric hospitals.

Aims: This study identified and developed the domains that should be used to measure treatment outcomes for this population.

Method: A systematic review of the literature highlighted 60 studies which met eligibility criteria; they were synthesised using content analysis. The findings were refined within a consultation and consensus exercises with carers, patients and experts.

Results: The final framework encompassed three a priori superordinate domains: (a) effectiveness, (b) patient safety and (c) patient and carer experience. Within each of these, further sub-domains emerged from our systematic review and consultation exercises. These included severity of clinical symptoms, offending behaviours, reactive and restrictive interventions, quality of life and patient satisfaction.

Conclusions: To index recovery, services need to measure treatment outcomes using this framework.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-56
JournalBJPsych Open
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 13 Feb 2017

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