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I. Georgieva, E. Bainbridge, D. McGuinness, M. Keys, L. Brosnan, H. Felzmann, J. Maguire, K. Murphy, A. Higgins, C. McDonald and B. Hallahan
2016
February
Irish Journal Of Psychological Medicine
Opinions of key stakeholders concerning involuntary admission of patients under the Mental Health Act 2001
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Approved centres; Mental Health Act 2001; Mental Health Tribunals
Abstract Objectives To evaluate and compare the opinions of key stakeholders involved in the involuntary admission and treatment of patients under the Mental Health Act (MHA) 2001 regarding their views towards the operation of the legislation. Methods We employed a descriptive survey design. A questionnaire was distributed to stakeholders involved in the operation of the MHA 2001 (except service users, whose views were explored in a separate qualitative study) via paper or online versions evaluating their opinions regarding the operation of the MHA 2001 in relation to assessment, care, rights, transfer and information available. Results Stakeholders agreed that in their opinion that patients generally benefit from the care they receive (79%) and that the MHA 2001 ensures an independent and fair review of the person’s detention (65%). However, only 23% of stakeholders were satisfied with the process of transferring patients to hospital and with the clinical assessment procedures therein (37%), with the greatest levels of dissatisfaction amongst Gardai (Police), general practitioners (GPs) and family members. Conclusions While the introduction of the MHA 2001 has assisted delivery of care to patients with improved adherence to international human rights frameworks applicable at the time of its enactment, substantial dissatisfaction with the implementation of the MHA 2001 in practice is experienced by stakeholders particularly at the distressing phase of clinical assessment and transfer to hospital.
http://journals.cambridge.org/abstract_S0790966716000069
http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/ipm.2016.6
Grant Details
Mental Health Commission: Research Pro- gramme Grants in Mental Health Services Research, 2011 – 2016
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy, Biomedical Science and Engineering