Background Mental health legislation allows for treatment needs to override civil liberty.
Mental health review tribunals act as a counterbalance.
This study examines the long-term outcome of patients reviewed by a tribunal, and in particular whether the tribunal, in its concern for civil liberty might be discharging patients prematurely Method All non-offender patients from a defined catchment area reviewed by the tribunal between the inception ofthe 1983 Mental Health Act and 31 December 1991 were followed-up until 31 May 1993.
Results Those discharged by the tribunal did not differ significantly from those refused discharge in subsequent survival period in the community, in readmission rate or in final outcome.
Conclusions Within the limitations of a non-experimental study, the main hypothesis was not supported.
An intensive study offamily and personal life in the three months after discharge would cast useful additional light on the soundness oftribunal decisions.
Mots-clés Pascal : Législation, Trouble psychiatrique, Liberté, Individu, Etude longitudinale, Sortie hôpital, Santé mentale, Royaume Uni, Europe, Homme, Droits fondamentaux
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Legislation, Mental disorder, Freedom, Individual, Follow up study, Hospital discharge, Mental health, United Kingdom, Europe, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0274873
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 15/07/1997.