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Clinician attitudes, experiences, and use of coercion 

Clinician attitudes, experiences, and use of coercion
Clinician attitudes, experiences, and use of coercion

Beth Angell

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date: 08 December 2021

This chapter focuses on the people who provide clinical care and support in the community, including doctors, nurses, social workers, support workers, and psychologists who may be employed by the local health or social care authority, voluntary organizations, or private healthcare providers or occupational schemes. This chapter considers the evidence available from large-scale surveys in several countries of the opinions of mental health-care professionals about community coercion and their experiences of its use. Differences between different staff groups will be identified and conclusions drawn about what can or should be learnt from this. The often markedly similar staff attitudes will be described and the potential implications of this for practice outlined. Where formal powers to compel exist, their use varies both between and within jurisdictions and it is generally believed that staff attitudes are a key factor in this.

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