A study of 442 individuals discharged from a U.K. hospital, published today in The Lancet, finds that the rate of readmission after 12 months was unaffected by the imposition of “Community Treatment Orders”, aka; compulsory supervision. “This is the largest randomised trial of CTOs,” said Tom Burns, the lead author. “The evidence is now strong that the use of CTOs does not confer early patient benefits despite substantial curtailment of individual freedoms. Their current high usage should be urgently reviewed.”
Of further interest:
Burns, T., Dawson, J., Community treatment orders for patients with psychosis (OCTET): a randomised controlled trial. Psychological Medicine.
Compulsory treatment orders for mental illness need reviewing (Medical Xpress)