Involuntary hospital admissions: patients' views


Involuntary hospital admissions in psychiatric practice bring up many ethical dilemmas. Any process that restricts the autonomy of a person needs to be carefully thought about. Involving the people and getting their perception of the entire proceeding is a step in the right direction. Professor Stefan Priebe and his team have conducted the largest prospective study to date to find out how patients view involuntary hospital admission. Here, Dr Saliha Nazir talks to Professor Priebe about the study design, the findings and the outcomes from this study.


Date published: 3 August 2010

Presenter: Dr Saliha Nazir

Interviewee: Professor Stefan Priebe

Audio running time: 14 minutes

Credits: 0.5


Learning outcomes


By the end of this podcast, we hope you will be able to:


  • identify what percentage of patients believe their involuntary hospital stay was right


  • be aware of the countries which had more positive results


  • distinguish the patient characteristics that were associated with more or less positive views across countries


  • consider possible causes for the large variations in outcomes.


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