To investigate whether psychiatrists' views of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 had changed over time, we repeated our survey of psychiatrists' views and experiences of the Act, 1 year after our original study; 356 College members were surveyed by postal questionnaire.
A response rate of 66% was achieved. More than half (53%) of respondents were reasonably satisfied with the Act and 51% would choose to use it in preference to the previous Act. the majority (89%) felt that their daytime workload had increased as a result of the Act; 17% received payment for Mental Health Act-related work.
Satisfaction with the Act has improved since its introduction; however, areas of concern remain.
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