Psychiatric Hospitalization in Poland
Social Science and Medicine. 1983; 17(10): 617-623.
After first disputing some widely-held Western perceptions concerning mental health care in Eastern Europe and then depicting the sociocultural setting of institutional psychiatry in Poland, the author provides an overview of the patient population, staff, and organization of the psychiatric hospital in Poland. He then discusses involuntary commitment and the development of what is likely to be the next version of Poland's Mental Health Act. He also compares the rights of psychiatric patients in Poland and the United States, and presents an optimistic appraisal of the future of patients' rights in Poland. (KIE abstract)
Electroconvulsive Therapy; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Personnel; Institutional Policies; Institutionalized Persons; Involuntary Commitment; Legal Aspects; Mental Health; Mental Institutions; Patient Care; Patients; Patients' Rights; Physician Patient Relationship; Psychiatry; Psychology; Public Policy; Rights; Statistics;
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