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Interpretation and knowledge of human rights in mental health practice.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  18563009     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Human Rights Act is sometimes misunderstood as being an obstruction to the provision of safe and effective mental health care, allowing patients to cry 'human rights abuse' too easily. In reality, however, little is known about how human rights are protected and promoted in psychiatric care. This article provides an overview, for nurses, of how human rights are currently understood to be protected in mental health care and steps that could improve the protection of rights. Additionally, an overview of the relevant case law is presented to enable nurses to understand how human rights law is ever-evolving, how cases may be interpreted, and the implications that this has for mental health nursing practice.
Geoffrey Dickens; Philip Sugarman
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Legal Cases; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  British journal of nursing (Mark Allen Publishing)     Volume:  17     ISSN:  0966-0461     ISO Abbreviation:  Br J Nurs     Publication Date:    2008 May 22-Jun 11
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-06-19     Completed Date:  2008-08-15     Revised Date:  2014-03-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9212059     Medline TA:  Br J Nurs     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  664-7     Citation Subset:  N    
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MeSH Terms
Commitment of Mentally Ill / legislation & jurisprudence
Confidentiality / legislation & jurisprudence
Great Britain
Human Rights / legislation & jurisprudence*
Mental Disorders / therapy
Mental Health Services / legislation & jurisprudence*
Nurse's Role
Patient Advocacy / legislation & jurisprudence*
Patient Isolation / legislation & jurisprudence
Patient Rights / legislation & jurisprudence
Psychiatric Nursing / legislation & jurisprudence*
Psychiatry / legislation & jurisprudence*

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