Fewer Involuntary Admissions by Psychiatrists than Physicians


In October of 2006 Switzerland enacted a law requiring a certified psychiatrist – rather than a physician or resident – to compel an involuntary hospital admission. In a review of 2,227 hospitalizations for 1,584 patients before and after the law’s enforcement, researchers found that compulsory admissions dropped from 63.9% to 36.1%.  Results appear in Psychiatric Quarterly.

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