Models of advance directives in mental health care: stakeholder views

Atkinson, J.M., Garner, H.C. and Gilmour, W.H. (2004) Models of advance directives in mental health care: stakeholder views. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 39(8), pp. 673-680. (doi: 10.1007/s00127-004-0788-7)



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<i>Objective</i>: The aim of this study was to examine perceptions of the place of advance directives in mental health care. <i>Methods</i>: Postal survey of stakeholders was carried out to assess their views on different models of advance directives in mental health care. A total of 473 responded. <i>Results</i>: In all, 28% of psychiatrists thought advance directives were needed compared to 89% of voluntary organisations and above two–thirds of the other stakeholder groups. There were clear tensions between patient autonomy and right to treatment which underpin many of the concerns raised. Autonomy provided by advance directive can be contrasted with a co–operative partnership approach to advance planning. The legal status of advance directives is important for some people in relation to treatment refusal. There was general concern about the practical issues surrounding their implementation. <i>Conclusion</i>: There is a wide range of views in all stakeholder groups about the possible form advance directives should take. Although there is a widespread desire to increase patient involvement in treatment decisions, which advance directives could possibly help to realise, they may also have unwanted consequences for mental health services and individuals.

Item Type:Articles
Keywords:Advance directives, advance statements, mental health.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Atkinson, Professor Jacqueline and Gilmour, Mr Harper
Authors: Atkinson, J.M., Garner, H.C., and Gilmour, W.H.
Subjects:R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Clinical Specialities
Journal Name:Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2004 Springer
First Published:First published in Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology 39(8):673-680
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.

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