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Table 2 Admission, assessment and treatment

From: Psychiatric morbidity of overseas patients in inner London: A hospital based study

   No of patients (n = 31) %
Mode of contact with the Mental Health Team
Police referral to mental health team for assessment   13 42
Police referral to hospital (section 136 of the Mental Health Act)   7 23
Assessment by mental health team (community-hospital)   11 35
Appeals against section of the Mental Health Act
Appealed   9 29
Tribunals (5 patients) 7   
   Not discharged 6   
   Deferred discharge 1   
Discharged from section by MHT before hearing 3   
Symptoms on admission
Delusions-hallucinations-thought disorder   25 81
Mania-hypomania-elated mood   4 13
Depression-delusions   2 6
Impaired insight   25 81
Length of illness before admission
>1 year   10 32
6–12 months   7 23
1–5 months   8 26
Not ascertained   6 19
Psychiatric history
Had contact with psychiatrist   21 68
   >1 year before admission (range 1–10 years) 14   
   3 months before admission 7   
None   4 13
Known to social-primary care, but not to psychiatric team   2 6
Not ascertained   4 13
Dual diagnosis
Diagnosed   0 00
History of drug use   3 10
Used drugs regularly   1 3
Forensic history
Had history   6 19
No history   17 55
Not ascertained   8 26
Medication
Refused, or given "if required"   5 16
Given regularly   26 84
   Atypical neuroleptics 15   
   Typical neuroleptics 10   
   Antidepressants 1   
Took medication in the past   15 48