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Involuntary outpatient treatment: the data and controversy

  • Marvin Swartz1
BMC Psychiatry20077(Suppl 1):S28

Published: 19 December 2007


Public HealthMental HealthHealth TreatmentMental Health TreatmentCommunity Treatment

Involuntary Outpatient Commitment, also referred to as Assisted Outpatient Treatment or Community Treatment Orders, are controversial civil court procedures whereby judges may order non-adherent mentally ill individuals to comply with treatment. This presentation will summarize the data and controversy about these procedures and put them in the context of the larger debate about the use of coercion in mental health treatment.

Authors’ Affiliations

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, USA


© Swartz; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2007

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.