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Community psychiatric treatment under legal mandates: The international experience 

Community psychiatric treatment under legal mandates: The international experience
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Community psychiatric treatment under legal mandates: The international experience
Author(s):

Alec Buchanan

, Steve Kisely

, Daniel D. Moseley

, Jorun Rugkåsa

, Jeffrey W. Swanson

, and Marvin S. Swartz

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198738664.003.0013
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date: 17 January 2020

During the last 30 years, new ways of legally mandating psychiatric treatment for patients living in the community have emerged. Changes to law and practice have occurred in various jurisdictions and cultures. The simultaneous introduction in a range of settings of new approaches to mandating community treatment suggests that there may be shared causes for these changes. This chapter reviews the experience of mandated community treatment in the United States, Australia, and the United Kingdom. For each of these countries, we examine the measures and prevalence of their use, the evidence for their effectiveness, and the most likely explanation of any differences between the results in their jurisdiction and experience elsewhere.

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