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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 41 (1999) 2, 103 - 107

Short report

Increase in the number of involuntary admissions

H.L.I. Nijman, J.M.L.G. á Campo, D.P. Ravelli

In the present study, the involuntary admission frequencies before and after the introduction of new legislation (the Law bopz) were investigated. In comparison with the overall admission frequencies a significant increase in the number of involuntary admissions was found. Consequently, a larger percentage of the inpatients are treated against their will. The new legislation, aiming at protecting the psychiatric patients' rights, seems to have led to a remarkable rise in the number of involuntary admissions.

keywords coercion, involuntary admission