Published Report Details
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McDonald, C., Bainbridge, E., McGuinness, D., Hallahan, B., Murphy, K., Higgins, A., Brosnan, L., Murphy, R., Keys, M., Felzmann, H. & Smyth, S.
A Prospective Evaluation of the Operation and Effects of the Mental Health Act 2001 from the Viewpoints of Service Users and Health Professionals
National University of Ireland, Galway
College of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, National University of Ireland, Galway.
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Coercive care through involuntary admission to an inpatient psychiatric ward and associated treatment is applied to over 2,000 individuals nationally each year in Ireland. The intention of service providers is to reduce the immediate risk of harm and/or deliver care to those assessed as lacking cpacity to consent to their admission and treatment. However the experience is often traumatic for service users who are subjected to deprivation of liberty and withdrawal of autonomy over their bodily integrity and choice of care. The Mental Health Act 2001 came into force in Ireland in 2006 and provides a statutory framework for the involuntary admission and treatment of an individual assessed as having a "mental disorder" to an approved centre. The current research programme comprised three studies which sought: (i) to comprehensively evaluate the attitudes towards care, and their clinical associations, of a representative cohort of service users who have been subject to the MHA 2001; (ii) to explore using qualitative research the experiences of a selection of service users throughout the trajectory of their involuntary admission; and (iii) to assess and compare the views of other key stakeholders involved in the various stages of the involuntary admission process towards the operation of the MHA 2001 in practice.
Grant Details
Mental Health Commission.
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy, Biomedical Science and Engineering