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Enforcing treatment with clozapine: survey of views and practice

  • Stephen Pereira (a1), Dominic Beer (a1) and Carol Paton (a1)
Abstract
Aim and method

The aim of the study was to survey strategies for dealing with patients who refuse clozapine blood tests or tablets. One hundred and twenty-five psychiatric intensive care unit consultants were sent a questionnaire.

Results

Thirty-nine (31%) questionnaires were returned. Opinions and practices were diverse ranging from uncertainty around the legal right to enforce venepuncture, to the practice of slipping clozapine into a patient's drink without their knowledge.

Clinical implications

There is need for an open debate of the relevant legal and ethical issues.

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Enforcing treatment with clozapine: survey of views and practice

  • Stephen Pereira (a1), Dominic Beer (a1) and Carol Paton (a1)
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