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Involuntary admission and hospitalization – clinical data in West Germany

The figures and rates of involuntary admissions to psychiatric hospitals have been considerably under discussion in recent years in German psychiatry. In the first part, this presentation reviews the relevant publications, the metholodological problems related to the topic and draws conclusions on several issues, e.g. the admission procedures in the community sector of West German mental health care. The second part presents data from the local public psychiatric hospital in Muenster, Germany, which cover more than 20 years of data collecting on involuntary admissions. These data offer a unique perspective on the clinical correlates of the involuntary admission procedures in West Germany.

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Correspondence to Dirk Richter.

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Richter, D., Reker, T. Involuntary admission and hospitalization – clinical data in West Germany. BMC Psychiatry 7, S24 (2007).

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  • Public Health
  • Health Care
  • Mental Health
  • Clinical Data
  • Mental Health Care