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dc.contributor.authorDawson, John
dc.identifier.citation2002, 'Randomised controlled trials of mental health legislation', J Dawson, Medical Law Review, 10(3), 308-321 (England).en_NZ
dc.description.abstractThere is always potential for conflict to arise between scientific methods and the rule of law. This article considers a recent example of such conflict which can arise when attempts are made to evaluate the effectiveness of mental health legislation via the conduct of randomized controlled trials (RCTs). In particular, the author discusses the use of RCTs in the United States to evaluate the use of Community Treatment Orders. These RCTs involve the release — for the purposes of the research — of compulsory patients under the legal regime. The article concludes that, whilst we may admire the imagination and boldness of the American researchers who have conduct such research, we should think hard before following their methods in any legal system like the English, which values so highly the supremacy of legislation.en_NZ
dc.publisherOxford University Pressen_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofMedical Law Reviewen_NZ
dc.subjectMental Healthen_NZ
dc.subjectHealth Lawen_NZ
dc.subjectCommunity Treatment Ordersen_NZ
dc.titleRandomised Controlled Trials of Mental Health Legislationen_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
otago.schoolUniversity of Otago Faculty of Lawen_NZ
otago.openaccessAbstract Onlyen_NZ
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