Locked Wards Appear Not To Reduce Suicide Attempts, Unauthorized Absence

MedPage Today (7/29, Harris) reported, “Locked inpatient wards do not reduce suicide attempts or unauthorized absence among patients with mental illness,” researchers found after conducting “a 15-year observational study of approximately 145,000 cases.” The findings were published online July 28 in The Lancet Psychiatry. An accompanying commentary “agreed that ‘the authors are surely justified in concluding that locked doors do not seem to provide the anticipated protection.’”

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— “Locked inpatient wards do not reduce suicide attempts,” Scott Harris, MedPage Today, July 29, 2016.

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