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Compulsory Psychiatric Care-a study of treatment of persons with psychosocial disabilities

Svensson, Caroline LU (2013) JURM01 20121
Department of Law
Abstract
Sweden is a developed democracy that has signed many international treaties and has worked hard to promote the rights of persons in vulnerable situations. There is however, a group of persons that appear to have been neglected.
In Sweden, 12 000 individuals every year, are subjected to compulsory psychiatric care (CPC). The current piece of national legislation on CPC is difficult in regards to the different requirements necessary to determine if compulsory care is appropriate. Not only is the terminology vague, it also leaves plenty of space for physicians to argue individual opinions and squeeze them into the frame of what the law requires.
In a case study, I examined cases from the administrative court and found that the role of the... (More)
Sweden is a developed democracy that has signed many international treaties and has worked hard to promote the rights of persons in vulnerable situations. There is however, a group of persons that appear to have been neglected.
In Sweden, 12 000 individuals every year, are subjected to compulsory psychiatric care (CPC). The current piece of national legislation on CPC is difficult in regards to the different requirements necessary to determine if compulsory care is appropriate. Not only is the terminology vague, it also leaves plenty of space for physicians to argue individual opinions and squeeze them into the frame of what the law requires.
In a case study, I examined cases from the administrative court and found that the role of the physician is dominant and it is difficult for anyone to argue against him or her. In almost every case the court’s decision is based on the opinion of the senior physician and the patients arguments are not considered in an appropriate manner. I also found that there is an absence of a discussion of alternative treatments and approaches to the patient. The only form of treatment that is discussed in the cases is medication. In general, when viewing individual cases closely, the process of CPC, rather appear to function as a manner of storage for people that are in need of care and treatment than anything else. (Less)
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Svensson, Caroline LU
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JURM01 20121
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H3 - Professional qualifications (4 Years - )
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English
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4186668
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2013-12-19 10:46:19
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  abstract     = {Sweden is a developed democracy that has signed many international treaties and has worked hard to promote the rights of persons in vulnerable situations. There is however, a group of persons that appear to have been neglected. 
In Sweden, 12 000 individuals every year, are subjected to compulsory psychiatric care (CPC). The current piece of national legislation on CPC is difficult in regards to the different requirements necessary to determine if compulsory care is appropriate. Not only is the terminology vague, it also leaves plenty of space for physicians to argue individual opinions and squeeze them into the frame of what the law requires. 
In a case study, I examined cases from the administrative court and found that the role of the physician is dominant and it is difficult for anyone to argue against him or her. In almost every case the court’s decision is based on the opinion of the senior physician and the patients arguments are not considered in an appropriate manner. I also found that there is an absence of a discussion of alternative treatments and approaches to the patient. The only form of treatment that is discussed in the cases is medication. In general, when viewing individual cases closely, the process of CPC, rather appear to function as a manner of storage for people that are in need of care and treatment than anything else.},
  author       = {Svensson, Caroline},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Compulsory Psychiatric Care-a study of treatment of persons with psychosocial disabilities},
  year         = {2013},
}