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Modes and impact of coercive inpatient treatment for drug-related conditions in Switzerland


Grichting, Esther; Uchtenhagen, Ambros; Rehm, Jürgen (2002). Modes and impact of coercive inpatient treatment for drug-related conditions in Switzerland. European Addiction Research, 8(2):78-83.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Two forms of institutionalized pressure to treatment can be distinguished in Switzerland: civil commitment and court referral. In court referral, the referred patient has the right to refuse treatment. OBJECTIVES: To compare court referrals for inpatient treatment to voluntary therapy. METHODS: Comparison of interviews at treatment entry and discharge records. RESULTS: There were few systematic differences at entry except for voluntary subjects having had less contact with the legal system before treatment, independently of the specific court referral. At discharge, voluntary patients had a better social integration and fewer legal problems. DISCUSSION: Legal problems waiting for court referrals at discharge may be a significant handicap for reintegration. Otherwise, voluntary patients and court referrals showed few systematic differences in inpatient treatment.

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Two forms of institutionalized pressure to treatment can be distinguished in Switzerland: civil commitment and court referral. In court referral, the referred patient has the right to refuse treatment. OBJECTIVES: To compare court referrals for inpatient treatment to voluntary therapy. METHODS: Comparison of interviews at treatment entry and discharge records. RESULTS: There were few systematic differences at entry except for voluntary subjects having had less contact with the legal system before treatment, independently of the specific court referral. At discharge, voluntary patients had a better social integration and fewer legal problems. DISCUSSION: Legal problems waiting for court referrals at discharge may be a significant handicap for reintegration. Otherwise, voluntary patients and court referrals showed few systematic differences in inpatient treatment.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Swiss Research Institute for Public Health and Addiction
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Uncontrolled Keywords:Switzerland;treatment
Language:English
Date:2002
Deposited On:14 May 2014 07:35
Last Modified:08 Dec 2017 05:01
Publisher:Karger
ISSN:1022-6877
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1159/000052058
PubMed ID:11979010

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