Why people leave hospitals without consent

I am looking for information about why people leave hospitals without consent, or as nurses and doctors call it going AWOL or absconding, as part of a project to reduce the number of people absconding from inpatient services.  I would like to hear from people who people who have recently (within the last 2 years) been admitted to an inpatient wards and absconded from the ward during their admission.   I would appreciate it if individual staff or services were not mentioned in your responses.  The information gained from your experiences will to help develop training for inpatient teams.  I would be grateful if you could answer the following 3 questions

  1. Why did you  leave the ward without consent from the nurses or doctor?
  2. Where did you go & what did you do whilst you were off the ward?
  3. Was there anything that the ward team (Drs, nurses, OTs etc.) could have done differently in the days or hours before you left that meant you would have stayed on the ward?

Please respond to Polly.Ragoobar@slam.nhs.uk by 29th August.

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