Family Perspective on Community Treatment Orders: A New Zealand Study
Mullen, Richard; Gibbs, Anita; Dawson, John
Background: People with serious mental disorders typically live with family members. Despite increasing interest in compulsory community treatment for such patients, the experience and views of their family members have been little studied. Material: Qualitative interviews with 27 family members, whose relatives have been subject to compulsory community treatment. Discussion and conclusions: Family members are generally in favour of the use of compulsory community treatment orders. They perceive a positive influence on their relative, on themselves, on family relationships, and on relations with the clinical team. Family members are aware of the ethical and other dilemmas that attend the use of compulsory community care.
Publisher: SAGE Publications
Rights Statement: Copyright © 2006, © SAGE Publications
Keywords: community treatment orders; qualitative research; families; mental illness; New Zealand; patients
Research Type: Journal Article
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