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Who’s Talking About Us Without Us? A Survivor Research Interjection into an Academic Psychiatry Debate on Compulsory Community Treatment Orders in Ireland

SURE, Health Service and Population Research, Kings College London, London SE5 8AF, UK
Received: 7 August 2018 / Revised: 14 September 2018 / Accepted: 18 September 2018 / Published: 25 September 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Concerns, Contradictions and Reality of Mental Health Law)
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This paper presents a user/survivor researcher perspective to the debate among psychiatrists on the suggested introduction of Community Treatment Orders in Ireland. Critical questions are raised about evidence and the construction of psychiatric knowledge. Important questions include: How is this evidence created? What and whose knowledge have not been considered? Some critical issues around coercion, ‘insight’, and attributions of ‘lack of capacity’ are briefly considered. Further legal considerations are then introduced based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability. The paper concludes with a human rights-based appeal to reject the introduction of coercive community treatment in Ireland. View Full-Text
Keywords: community treatment order debate; what is evidence; mental health service user perspectives; survivor research; insight; consent; UN CRPD community treatment order debate; what is evidence; mental health service user perspectives; survivor research; insight; consent; UN CRPD
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Brosnan, L. Who’s Talking About Us Without Us? A Survivor Research Interjection into an Academic Psychiatry Debate on Compulsory Community Treatment Orders in Ireland. Laws 2018, 7, 33.

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