The Right to Refuse Treatment and the Movement for Mental Health Reform
Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law. 1984 Summer; 9(2): 291-313.
Advocacy of the right of mental patients to refuse treatment has tended to polarize the movement for mental health reform because mental health professionals and institutions see this right as a threat to their own autonomy. The author analyzes why the right to refuse treatment is viewed differently from other patients' rights, reviews studies of attitudes toward patients' rights and how such rights have been implemented, and considers the future of the mental patients' rights movement as a reform strategy. (KIE abstract)
Attitudes; Autonomy; Dangerousness; Decision Making; Diagnosis; Health; Health Personnel; Institutional Policies; Involuntary Commitment; Legal Aspects; Legal Rights; Mental Health; Mental Institutions; Organizations; Patient Advocacy; Patient Compliance; Patient Participation; Patients; Patients' Rights; Psychiatric Diagnosis; Right to Treatment; Rights; Treatment Refusal;
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