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In a six-month study of psychiatric hospital in-patients, it was found that accidents more often occurred among females and among patients on psychogeriatric wards. Falls were the most common form of accident. Accidents resulting from the aggressive behaviour of other patients usually occurred on long-stay and rehabilitation wards, with middle-aged patients the victims.


Journal article


Br J Psychiatry

Publication Date





224 - 227


Accident Prevention, Accidents, Age Factors, Aged, Aggression, England, Female, Hospitals, Psychiatric, Humans, Male, Sex Factors