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Another Study Finds No Benefits from Forced Outpatient Treatment


Sep 25, 2012
Planet Lunatic Asylum
Another Study Finds No Benefits from Forced Outpatient Treatment | Mad In America

December 26, 2014

A team of Norwegian and UK researchers examined the results from the Oxford Community Treatment Order Evaluation Trial (OCTET), and found that programs forcing people to take psychiatric medications while they are living in the community “do not have benefit on any of the tested outcomes, or for any subgroup of patients.” The study was published in Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica.

The OCTET is a randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of community treatment orders — often called “assisted outpatient treatment” in the United States. Several hundred patients were followed for a year and “there was no significant difference at 12 months” between patients being subjected to forced treatment and those who were not. In light of the lack of benefits, the continued use of forced outpatient treatment, stated the researchers, “should be carefully reconsidered.”

Community treatment orders: clinical and social outcomes, and a subgroup analysis from the OCTET RCT - Rugkåsa - 2014 - Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica - Wiley Online Library


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Aug 17, 2012
The West Country
Seems really silly to me.
People are killing themselves because they can't get a bed in a ward, whilst other people are incredibly traumatised by being basically imprisoned for a crime not committed.

I'm not suggesting letting dangerous people out and about, there is a responsibility to protect the public.
But the way things are just doesn't seem right.