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Should compulsory admission to hospital be part of suicide prevention strategies?

  • Daniel Wei L. Wang (a1) and Erminia Colucci (a2)
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The World Health Organization report Preventing Suicide: A Global Imperative provides governments with guidance for comprehensive suicide prevention strategies. However, it does not mention the role that compulsory admission to hospital of psychiatric patients should have in policies for suicide prevention. This was a missed opportunity for international discussion and guidance about a measure that, although widely used, is becoming increasingly controversial in light of the existing evidence and human rights norms.

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This is an open-access article published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Correspondence to Daniel Wei L. Wang (daniel.wang@qmul.ac.uk)
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Should compulsory admission to hospital be part of suicide prevention strategies?

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