PMID: 7941071Sep 12, 1994Paper

Involuntary admissions and other compulsions in psychiatry. Patients' knowledge of their rights and ability to receive information concerning these matters

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A M Christensen, T A Rogne

Abstract

The Danish Mental Health Act of 1989 improved the legal rights of psychotic patients and secured that involuntary admissions and retentions could be tried before the courts. Fixations and medication given against the patient's will could be tried before a Patient Review Board. Under the law doctors and "patient advisors" are now obliged to inform patients of their rights. Forty-seven patients and 33 of their relatives were interviewed and questioned about their knowledge of patient rights. It was found that the patients understood the criteria for involuntary treatment when these concerned the risk of the patient endangering themselves and others, whereas the findings suggested that more information about involuntary treatment for reasons of health was needed. Few patients were able to remember information given in the acute situation.

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