4623954834 b91e2b881f z Abolishing locked psychiatric wards could put patients at risk

Open wards are better for people with mental health issues than wards with locked doors. So claims a recent study that found that suicide rates were lower in unlocked wards in psychiatric facilities.

The finding that open wards are safer for patients than secure units is appealing – it seems kinder, more humane. But the study was deeply flawed, and any move to change practices accordingly could risk harming more of the people that hospitals are trying to help….

Read the rest of this article at New Scientist – the home of Brain Scanner, my monthly column.  Image: Russel Street

 

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