Another review of the body of evidence has found that there are no benefits to compulsory community treatment of people diagnosed with severe mental illnesses.
Publishing in Schizophrenia Bulletin, Canadian and Australian researchers searched the Cochrane Schizophrenia Group’s Trials Register and Science Citation Index between 2003 and 2013, and examined all the randomized controlled clinical trials of compulsory community treatment compared with supervised care or various forms of voluntary care in the community.
“We found 3 trials with a total of 752 people,” they wrote. Compulsory community treatment “was no more likely to result in better service use, social functioning, mental state, or quality of life compared with either standard voluntary or supervised care.”
Kisely, Steve R., and Leslie A. Campbell. “Compulsory Community and Involuntary Outpatient Treatment for People With Severe Mental Disorders.” Schizophrenia Bulletin, March 12, 2015, sbv021. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbv021. (Abstract)