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Advances in Psychiatric Treatment
Year: 2010  |  Volume: 16  |  Issue: 4  |  Page No.: 260 - 262

Community treatment orders and their use in the UK: COMMENTARY ON... COMPULSION IN THE COMMUNITY? and SUPERVISED COMMUNITY TREATMENT

M. Taylor    

Abstract:

Despite the lack of supportive scientific evidence, the uptake of community treatment orders (CTOs) in England and Wales since their introduction in late 2008 has been higher than expected, although there has been a relative dearth of second opinion appointed doctors. In Scotland, CTOs now constitute about 30% of all long-term civil detentions, with lack of insight and lack of treatment adherence given as the major reasons for CTO use. Ethical considerations such as balancing autonomy against health needs will continue to be weighed by clinicians considering compulsory treatment in the community.

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