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An exploration of absconding behaviours from culturally and linguistically diverse psychiatric hospital patients in Australia
journal contributionposted on 16.08.2018, 00:00 by K Mosel, T Ziaian, Adam GeraceAdam Gerace, E Muir-Cochrane
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. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.