About this Research Topic
Compulsory interventions aiming at patient and staff safety, as well as mandatory treatment may be necessary to ensure treatment for those who do not want to be treated. The goal is to protect mentally ill persons from self-harm, suicide, and detrimental consequences of untreated illness, and to protect relatives, healthcare professionals, and the general public from preventable aggression and violence. This gives rise to serious ethical problems and clinical challenges.
The primary focus of this Research Topic is to provide an overview on the current situation in clinical psychiatry and in psychiatric research, to collect scientific evidence on the prevention and adequate use of compulsory interventions, its effects and consequences. The aim is to give recommendations for mental health care professionals on the prevention of aggression and violence, the use of coercive measures and possible treatment alternatives to reduce forced interventions. An additional target is to outline future research strategies to advance the field and to ultimately approach the goal of optimal and safe treatment of this vulnerable population. We encourage the submission of Original Research, Brief Research Reports, Systematic Reviews, narrative expert Reviews and Mini Reviews, Perspective and Opinion papers.
Keywords: safety, involuntariness, coercion, open doors, closed wards, suicide, self-harm, aggression, violence, de-escalation, prevention, human rights
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