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Introduction 

Introduction
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Introduction
Author(s):

Jorun Rugkåsa

, Andrew Molodynski

, and Tom Burns

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198788065.003.0001
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date: 08 December 2021

This book gives a broad overview of the historical development of ideas about coercion, its current practice, and theory. It also considers future directions for research and clinical practice. Crucially it gives, for the first time, a global picture of these issues from those researching or working in mental health care across all continents. Coercion has always been a central concern in mental health care, and never more than now. The move away from asylums (deinstitutionalization) and into the community has widened the debate to all those with mental health problems rather than the much smaller group detained in institutions. The issues facing us now are consequently different and much more varied and wide ranging. This volume will bring the reader up to date regarding concepts, theories, and key issues pertaining to community coercion in different regions of the world.

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