Medicolegal Aspects

  • Stephen AndersonEmail author


  • What is the role of Mental health legislation in terms of protecting the rights of people with mental disorder?

  • In particular, how may a diagnosis of Anorexia Nervosa justify hospital admission and treatment on a compulsory basis?

  • Can we argue that intelligent, capable people with anorexia nervosa show impairments in decision making ability and capacity?

  • How can we balance patients’ right to autonomy with the right to treatment for their disorder when their decision making is impaired by the disorder and when they place themselves or others at significant risk?

  • Are there ways to enact compulsory treatment so that it feels compassionate and ultimately improves rather than damages engagement in treatment?

  • How do we encourage patients to take back responsibility for their own recovery?

  • Where can we access further specific, detailed information about the practicalities of enacting compulsory treatment, download official forms and speak to appropriate professionals?

  • What are the roles and rights of families and other carers in the legal process?

  • What is the objective evidence for outcomes when patients are or are not made subject to compulsory measures?

  • When might it be wise to decide explicitly NOT to use compulsory measures?


Stephen Anderson

is a Consultant Psychiatrist working in the Forth Valley Eating Disorders Service and at the Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.NHS Forth Valley Eating Disorder ServiceStirlingUK
  2. 2.Mental Welfare Commission for ScotlandEdinburghUK

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