Written by: Martin Feißt, Sabrina Wiecek, Bernd Dimmek and Inga Markiewicz
Across Europe an increase in the duration of the placement of patients in theforensic hospital can be observed, as well as in Germany. This development makes it imperative to deal with this topic and the related legal, social and ethical issues. A cooperation between the LWL Academy of Forensic Psychiatry, the University of Witten/Herdecke and the Institute for Psychiatry and Neurology in Warschau, Poland, an educational research project on “quality of life of long-term patients in forensic hospital” has been taking place (up to and including the winter semester 2015/16).
The aim of this project is to attain a better understanding of the needs of patients on the basis of qualitative interviews with patients and staff, which may be important for the design of the accommodation and for therapeutic purposes.