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Community psychiatric treatment under legal mandates: The international experience

Alec Buchanan, Steve Kisely, Daniel D. Moseley, Jorun Rugkåsa, Jeffrey W. Swanson and Marvin S. Swartz

in Care of the Mentally Disordered Offender in the Community

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print September 2017 | ISBN: 9780198738664
Published online November 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191801914 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780198738664.003.0013
Community psychiatric treatment under legal mandates: The international experience

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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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Subjects: Psychiatry ; Forensic Psychiatry

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