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The broadened framework of compulsory interventions in the new Israeli law. Their practical consequences.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  8908975     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Improved treatment efficacy and prognosis in modern psychiatry have mandated changes in the Israeli Mental Health Law. Since 1991, the conditions for compulsory intervention have broadened, beyond that of immediate physical danger. Concurrently, checks and balances over this process have increased. No compulsory treatment decisions are taken without a recent psychiatric examination by a specialist, and the uncooperative patient can be compelled to undergo such an examination. The overriding principle of least restrictive alliterative, coupled with the use of depot-neuroleptics, have led to the implementation of commitment to out-patient treatment. Detailed statistics related to uncooperative patients during 1994 reveal that a significant proportion of such patients become cooperative once the process is activated. Thus, changes in the law permit maximal exploitation of modem therapeutic improvements and permit earlier intervention. The number of compulsory hospitalizations has not, however, increased, thus indicating that an appropriate balance between the patient's right to treatment and right to decide has been achieved.
F Weil
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medicine and law     Volume:  15     ISSN:  0723-1393     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Law     Publication Date:  1996  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1996-12-19     Completed Date:  1996-12-19     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8218185     Medline TA:  Med Law     Country:  SOUTH AFRICA    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  233-9     Citation Subset:  E; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Commitment of Mentally Ill / legislation & jurisprudence*
Mental Disorders / diagnosis,  therapy
Mental Health Services / legislation & jurisprudence*,  organization & administration
Patient Advocacy / legislation & jurisprudence*
Patient Compliance

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