An exploration of absconding behaviours from culturally and linguistically diverse psychiatric hospital patients in Australia

Krista Mosel, Tahereh Ziaian, Adam Gerace, Eimear Muir-Cochrane

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    Abstract

    Psychiatric morbidity among minority populations is believed to be higher than in the general population due to unmet healthcare needs and where significant health inequalities are experienced within culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) populations. Absconding (psychiatric patients running away from hospital) is a high-risk event and has been linked to harm to self and others. Very little research has been conducted into the absconding behaviours of people from a CALD background. In this study, a population of in-patients from a CALD background who absconded from a psychiatric hospital was examined. Areas of analysis included identification of CALD patients who absconded more than once, diagnosis, age, ward of absconding and time of absconding events. Approximately one-in-six patients from a CALD background absconded in the present study, indicating that absconding is a problem of sufficient extent to warrant greater attention. The authors conclude that more efforts should be made to restructure pathways to mental health care needs among CALD populations.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)96-106
    Number of pages11
    JournalInternational Journal of Culture and Mental Health
    Volume3
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • Abscond
    • Ethnicity
    • Inpatient
    • Mental health
    • Multicultural
    • Psychiatry

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