Increase in the number of involuntary admissions
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.