BMC Psychiatry

, 7:S28 | Cite as

Involuntary outpatient treatment: the data and controversy

  • Marvin Swartz
Open Access
Oral presentation


Public Health Mental Health Health Treatment Mental Health Treatment Community Treatment 
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Involuntary Outpatient Commitment, also referred to as Assisted Outpatient Treatment or Community Treatment Orders, are controversial civil court procedures whereby judges may order non-adherent mentally ill individuals to comply with treatment. This presentation will summarize the data and controversy about these procedures and put them in the context of the larger debate about the use of coercion in mental health treatment.

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© Swartz; licensee BioMed Central Ltd. 2007

This article is published under license to BioMed Central Ltd.

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marvin Swartz
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesDuke University Medical CenterDurhamUSA

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