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Coercion and mental health services in the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East 

Coercion and mental health services in the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East
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Coercion and mental health services in the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East
Author(s):

B. N. Raveesh

, Swaran P. Singh

, and Soumitra Pathare

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198788065.003.0016
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date: 08 December 2021

Mental health law in the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East has been evolving over the past few decades. There have been rapid socio-economic, cultural, and psychosocial changes in the traditional, rural and family-centred societies. People with mental disorders are amongst the most vulnerable in these societies but there is meagre literature on the issue about coercion, coercive practice, standard measures on coercion, and restraint in this region. There are problems of limited resources and training and inadequate service provision. Anecdotal evidence suggests that coercion, is common, both in mental health facilities and in the community. This chapter reviews the provision of mental health care in the region, with relevant legislative developments, and the limited research data on coercion.

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