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    Georgieva, Irina
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    Independent Researcher, Bulgaria.
    Whittington, Richard
    St Olav’s University Hospital, Forensic Department Brøset Centre for Research and Education in Forensic Psychiatry, Norway; Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Neuroscience, Norway; University of Liverpool, UK.
    Lauvrud, Christian
    St Olav’s University Hospital, Forensic Department Brøset Centre for Research and Education in Forensic Psychiatry, Norway.
    Steinert, Tilman
    Ulm University, Clinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy I, Germany; Centres for Psychiatry Sued Wuerttemberg, Ulm University, Germany.
    Wikman, Sofia
    University of Gävle, Faculty of Health and Occupational Studies, Department of Social Work and Criminology, Criminology.
    Lepping, Peter
    Centre for Mental Health and Society, Bangor University, UK; Mysore Medical College and Research Institute, India; Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board, Liaison Psychiatry, Wrexham Maelor Hospital, UK.
    Duxbury, Joy
    Manchester Metropolitan University, UK.
    Snorrason, Jon
    University Hospital of Iceland, Department of Psychiatry, Iceland.
    Mihai, Adriana
    University of Medicine and Pharmacy Tg Mures, Romania.
    Lauge Berring, Lene
    Psychiatric Research Unit, Denmark; Faculty of Health, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.
    Gowda, Raveesh
    Department of Psychiatry, Mysore Medical College and Research Institution, India.
    Vesselinov, Roumen
    University of Maryland, USA.
    International variations in mental health law regulating involuntary commitment of psychiatric patients as measured by the Mental Health Legislation Attitudes Scale (MHLAS)2019In: Medicine, Science and the Law, ISSN 0025-8024, E-ISSN 2042-1818, Vol. 59, no 2, p. 104-114Article in journal (Refereed)
    Abstract [en]

    Previous research illustrated that the laws regulating involuntaryplacement and treatment of persons with mental health problems arevery diverse across countries. International studies comparingsatisfaction levels between countries are rare. We compared the opinionsof professionals and family members about the operation of the nationalmental health law regulating forcibly admission and treatment ofpsychiatric patients in eleven countries: Ireland, Iceland, England &Wales, Romania, Slovenia, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Norway andIndia. An online survey design was adopted using a Mental HealthLegislation Attitude Scale (MHLAS). This brief 9-item questionnaire wasdistributed via e-mail to psychiatrists, general practitioners, acute andcommunity mental health nurses, tribunal members, police officers and family members in each collaborating country. The levels ofagreement/disagreement were measured on a Likert- scale. Data wereanalysed both per question and with regard to a total MHLAS ‘approval’score computed as a sum of the 9 questions. We found that respondentsin England & Wales and Denmark expressing strongest approval for theirnational legislation (76 and 74% respectively), with those in India andIreland expressing the least approval (65 and 64% respectively). Almostall countries had a more positive attitude in comparison with Ireland onthe admission criteria for involuntary placement and the way people aretransferred to psychiatric hospitals. There are significant variationsacross Europe and beyond in terms of approval for how the nationalmental health law framework operates in each country.

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