A review of Cochrane data finds a lack of evidence for the effectiveness of involuntary treatment; and an ethos of tradition rather than standards. Differences in criteria for involuntary admission, the study says, lead to differences in prognoses. The small number of people who may benefit does not justify the large numbers who are treated involuntarily, the author concludes. The study appears in Current Opinion in Psychiatry.
Jacobsen, Torsten B.; “Involuntary treatment in Europe: different countries, different practices” Current Opinion in Psychiatry (published ahead of print, May 7, 2012)
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