The Treatability Requirement in Psychopathy: A New Ethical Dilemma?
Journal of Medical Ethics. 1984 Jun; 10(2): 88-90.
The Mental Health Act 1983 for England and Wales includes a treatability requirement, first introduced in the Mental Health (Amendment) Act 1982, that outlaws compulsory admission of a patient for treatment of "psychopathic disorder or mental impairment" unless "such treatment is likely to alleviate or prevent a deterioration of his condition." The author contends that this requirement raises a new ethical dilemma for psychiatry because of the uncertainty associated with predicting the outcome of psychopathic disorder. (KIE abstract)
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