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Ageing patients in forensic psychiatric settings: a review of the literature

Di Lorito, Claudio; V?llm, Birgit; Dening, Tom


Birgit V?llm

Clinical Professor in Dementia Research


Objectives. The prevalence of ageing patients in forensic psychiatric settings is increasing. However, limited research has reported around this population. The aim of this scoping review is to synthesise the current evidence around ageing forensic psychiatric patients.

Methods. The literature was searched through four databases and Google searches. The identified outputs were screened for suitability and assessed for quality. Quantitative data were extracted and analysed on SPSS; qualitative data were extracted onto NVivo and analysed through inductive thematic analysis.

Results. Seven studies were included in the review. Quantitative results reported around demographics, service contact, offending patterns, mental and physical health of ageing patients. Qualitative findings focused on age-friendliness of services, staff-patient rapport, activities, security issues and discharge planning.

Conclusions. Ageing forensic psychiatric patients present with complex and unique needs in relation to treatment, activities, mental, physical and support. Further research looking at individual patients’ needs is paramount to inform policy development and good practice in this area.


Di Lorito, C., V?llm, B., & Dening, T. (2018). Ageing patients in forensic psychiatric settings: a review of the literature. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 33(12), 1548-1555.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Aug 6, 2018
Online Publication Date Sep 19, 2018
Publication Date 2018-12
Deposit Date Oct 4, 2018
Publicly Available Date Sep 20, 2019
Journal International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry
Print ISSN 0885-6230
Electronic ISSN 1099-1166
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 12
Pages 1548-1555
Keywords Forensic psychiatry, ageing, older patients, scoping review
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Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Claudio Di Lorito, Birgit V?llm, Tom Dening, Ageing patients in forensic psychiatric settings: a review of the literature, International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry (2018), which has been published in final form at This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Use of Self-Archived Versions.


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