Table 2 Effect of patient age on application of the ATT
‘Younger’ patients in sample (ages 15–20)‘Structured environment from nursing and MDT input and available education at his level’. (Forensic 4, 17M, Dr)
‘Treatment was more with nursing staff, availability of intensive nursing care’. (CAMHS4, 17F, Dr)
‘They [the patient] needed clear behavioural boundaries…attempt to modify behaviour, by rewarding appropriate behaviour’. (LD4, 18M, Dr)
‘But also just the structure of the hospital, the whole nursing care, consistent boundaries’. (PD3, 20F, Dr)
‘Middle’ patients in sample (21–34)‘Secure setting, appropriate medication, nursing input and psychological therapy available, OT, social work input’. ‘Antipsychotic medication, mood stabiliser medication and a secure setting, I think is important because he needs those barriers in place’. (Forensic2, 31M, Dr)
‘Security of the unit, that would have, and the observation and nursing care, and of course the medication’. (Forensic3, 29M, Dr)
‘We prescribe medication…we do think they benefit from medication’ ‘I felt medication would help reduce some of her emotional lability. I also felt she needed appropriate treatment in terms of nursing, intervention and also the security involved’. (PD3, 21F, Dr)
‘Older’ patients in sample (35–49)‘The treatment was antipsychotics really’. (GenAdult1, 39M, Dr)
‘It was mainly about, the reintroduction of, of, antipsychotic medication’. (GenAdult2, 42M, Dr)
‘The treatment plan, as I remember it, was to commence her on an antipsychotic and an antidepressant’.
(PD4, 38F, Dr)
  • Dr, Doctor; F, female; LD, learning disability; Male; OT; PD, personality disorder.