Clinician Perspectives of Inpatient Forensic Psychiatric Rehabilitation in a Low Secure Setting: A Qualitative Study [2018]

There is a dearth of research into what low secure forensic psychiatric rehabilitation means in Australia and internationally. The aim of this study was to understand clinician perspectives of forensic psychiatric rehabilitation in a low secure setting in Australia and offer insight into a model of care. A qualitative methodology was chosen with separate semi-structured interviews being conducted with staff members involved in decision-making for forensic psychiatric patients in a rehabilitation unit. Analysis of the interviews identified three domains that the questions related to: ‘defining and describing security’, ‘defining and describing low secure forensic psychiatric rehabilitation’ and ‘describing the role of staff and services in a low secure forensic psychiatric rehabilitation setting’. Where relevant, themes were abstracted from the questions that related to these domains. This study revealed that clinicians had a varied understanding of definitions for security but a similar understanding of what low secure forensic psychiatric rehabilitation means, what patients are suitable and the general goals of rehabilitation in this setting. Further research is needed on low secure rehabilitation and specific models of care. There is also a need to develop clear definitions for both security and rehabilitation in low secure forensic psychiatric settings.

Abdal Khan, Rajesh Maheshwari & Lil Vrklevski

Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, Volume 25, 2018 – Issue 3