The Impact of Human Rights Advocacy, Mental Health Legislation and Psychiatric Reform on the Epidemiology of Involuntary Psychiatric Hospitalizations
Medicine and Law: The World Association for Medical Law 2006 June; 25(2): 283-295
Several years ago, the Ministry of Health published a report on the epidemiology of involuntary psychiatric hospitalizations. Many developments (advances in human rights advocacy, mental health legislation and the nascent Psychiatric Reform) have occurred in the mental health field in Israel since 1990 when the earlier report was released. Those favorable developments in mental health care were thought to have the capacity to modify the admission rates. We explored several parameters to check the hospitalization patterns (eg, by demographic factors, diagnosis) and found no substantial modifications. The case for an analytic study was clearly established.
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