Mental Health Care and the Opposition Movement in the Netherlands
Van der Poel, E.
Social Science and Medicine. 1986; 22(2): 185-192.
Dutch mental health care is described as a traditionally closed system in which the medical profession has a high degree of autonomy. Since the 1970s the traditional system has been challenged by an opposition movement that is dominated to an unusual extent by mental patients and ex-patients. A sociological analysis of the development and role of this opposition movement is presented, with particular regard to its efforts in pressing for changes in the law on compulsory hospitalization and for a reorganization of the mental health system to give patients more say in their own care and to abolish large psychiatric hospitals. (KIE abstract)
Adults; Autonomy; Coercion; Decision Making; Deinstitutionalized Persons; Health; Health Care; Health Care Delivery; Health Personnel; Historical Aspects; Hospitals; Involuntary Commitment; Law; Legal Aspects; Medicine; Mental Health; Minors; Patient Advocacy; Patient Participation; Patients; Patients' Rights; Political Activity; Public Policy; Rights; Sociology; Sociology of Medicine; Treatment Refusal;
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