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Table 2 Publications on mental disorders

From: Impact of the UN convention on the rights of persons with disabilities (UN-CRPD) on mental health care research - a systematic review

Relevant publications Subject Main results Country Materials and methods
Vijayalakshmi et al. (2013) [9] the role of education in ascertaining human rights needs of people with mental illness education is a mechanism for the pursuit of other human rights; empowerment to pursue education will play an important role in fulfilling the obligations of the UN-CRPD India quantitative study (N = 100)
Angermeyer et al. (2014) [23] changes of public attitudes towards restrictions on mentally ill people people’s views on patient rights have become more liberal, but the public is more inclined to restrict patients’ freedom in case of deviant behaviour Germany quantitative study, two population surveys (N = 2094; n = 3642)
Burns (2010) [43] budget allocations over a 5-year period between psychiatric and general hospitals in KwaZulu-Natal mean increase in budgets was considerably lower in psychiatric (3.8 %) than in general hospitals (10.2 %) South Africa quantitative study based on budget allocations (5 psychiatric and 7 general hospitals)
Steinert et al. (2015) [44] Patterns of individual mobility and active use of motorised vehicles Participants drove considerably less in time and distances than general population. Alcohol abuse and recurrent psychiatric hospitalisation were associated with exclusion Germany quantitative study (N = 150) with participants with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder
Kogstad (2009) [8] violations of dignity considered from a clients’ point of view gap between human rights’ aims and clients’ experiences in several settings; lack of safeguards against infringement Norway qualitative content analysis of 335 client narratives
Nomidou (2013) [25] human rights in in-patient care in Greek mental health facilities using the WHO QualityRights toolkit either improvement or initiation is necessary for the psychiatric clinic under research to fully comply with the requirements of the UN-CRPD Greece qualitative study, 21 in-depth interviews, documentation review and observation
Nankivell et al. (2013) [15] orientation of nurses to human rights and access of consumers with severe mental illnesses to general practitioner services the studied nurses only rarely raised the topic of human rights Australia qualitative study, 6 focus groups (N = 38)
Battams & Henderson (2012) [20] current and potential impact of the UN-CRPD on Australian legislation and policy there is a greater focus on concerns about ‘negative rights’ rather than ‘positive rights’; high rates of involuntary detention and a lack of access to the law for people with psychiatric disabilities continue to be significant problems Australia qualitative study, ten interviews with professionals from law, psychiatry, policy and service user backgrounds
Kleintjes et al. (2010) [21] current support for mental health care user participation in policy development and implementation in South Africa mental health care user consultation in policy development and implementation has been limited; however, most respondents felt that inclusion of user perspectives in policy processes would improve policy development South Africa qualitative study, semi-structured interviews (N = 96) and policy document analysis
Randall et al. (2012) [27] producing a toolkit to document violations and good practice with the aim of preventing human rights violations and improving general health care practice in psychiatric and and social care institutions the toolkit has demonstrated applicability and is qualified as acceptable and feasible for the systematic monitoring of human rights in psychiatric and social care institutions UK (and others) methodological and implementation study conducted across 15 European countries in monitoring visits to 87 mental health organizations
Henderson & Battams (2011) [45] access and barriers to physical and mental health care main barriers to the achievement to the right of health are structural (e.g. competing laws, political barriers) Australia qualitative study, interviews with 10 key stakeholders