In England and Wales women form a small but significant group within the wider, largely male, secure hospital population. Secure hospitals are designed to assess and treat individuals with both mental health problems and significant criminal behaviour. The theoretical approach to the care of secure hospital women is increasingly informed by a grasp of gender-specific issues. However, there is a lack of evidence on the adequacy of current structures and processes of care delivery. This qualitative study explores the nature and quality of care pathways for women in low and medium secure hospital beds by eliciting participants’ views of factors enhancing or impeding care.
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