The use of community treatment orders in competent patients is not justified

The British Journal of Psychiatry
May 2017, 210 (5) 311-312

Giles Newton-Howes, Christopher James Ryan


Empirical evidence for the effectiveness of community treatment orders (CTOs) is at best mixed. We examine CTOs through the prism of human rights and discrimination, bearing the evidence in mind, and argue that a necessary condition for their use is that a person lacks decision-making capacity…

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