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Treatment in the community in the absence of consent

  • J. A. T. Dyer (a1)
Abstract

Because of the nature of some mental illness, care and compulsion in psychiatry are not always antithetical. However, it is no longer acceptable to link compulsory treatment almost exclusively to compulsory hospitalisation. Treatment should occur in the least restrictive environment possible. This paper looks at experience of extended leave of absence in Scotland, and in England and Wales before 1986, at the recent evidence for an increased risk of violence and homicide in schizophrenia and the danger of a backlash against community care if it is perceived as unsafe, and makes suggestions in relation to research and to provision for treatment in the community in the absence of consent.

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