Treatment refusal among forensic inpatients

J. T. Young, J. D. Bloom, L. R. Faulkner, J. L. Rogers, P. K. Pati

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Although the United States Supreme Court has not offered a definite opinion, some states have established the qualified right of involuntarily committed patients to refuse treatment. Controversy continues between psychiatry and law over what procedural protections should be provided to patients when therapists seek to override nonemergency refusal of treatment. The authors review Oregon's administrative approach and its application to the treatment refusal of 33 state hospital forensic patients. Patient characteristics, refusal patterns, and implications of treatment refusal are also described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-13
Number of pages9
JournalBulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1987
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law


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