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Before and after: introduction of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

  • Helen Smith (a1) and Tom White (a2)
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Aims and Method

The aim of the study was to assess the impact of the introduction of new mental health legislation in October 2005 on general adult psychiatry admissions. Patients were included in the study if they were admitted to Murray Royal Hospital, Perth from December 2004 to July 2005 and December 2005 to July 2006.

Results

Fewer patients were detained but they were more likely to progress to longer-term detentions. Overall detained patients remained in hospital for shorter periods.

Clinical Implications

The change in de novo detention procedures reduced the number of de novo detentions. The new power to enforce medication in the community may have contributed to the reduced length of detention in hospital.

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Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (2006a) Quarterly Statistics, January to March 2006. http://www.mhtscot.org
Mental Health Tribunal for Scotland (2006b) Quarterly Statistics, April to June 2006. http://www.mhtscot.org
Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland (2005) Our Annual Report 2004–2005. http://www.mwcscot.org.uk/web/site/GoodPractice/Publications/Annual_Reports.asp
Scottish Executive (2001) New Directions. Report on the Review of the Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984 (the Millan Report). Scottish Executive.
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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Before and after: introduction of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003

  • Helen Smith (a1) and Tom White (a2)
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