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People with a mental disorder

  • David Carson
  • Jonathan Montgomery
  • Elsa Montgomery
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Abstract

People with mental disorders present nurses with special problems — legal and moral as well as clinical. Major issues of civil liberties are involved. Some patients with mental disorders can be detained and treated against their wishes. Other patients may comply with the suggestions of doctors, social workers and nurses only through fear of being detained. Many, whether in hospital or not, lose the right to manage their own property and income. Most of the special legal powers and procedures are given to doctors to exercise, but nurses working with people with mental disorders are in a particularly powerful position to protect and enhance the rights and dignity of their patients — or to abuse them. This chapter describes:
  • the legal role and powers of nurses involved in detaining mentally disordered patients

  • nurses’ legal powers to restrain mentally disordered patients and to be involved in treating them against their will

  • when patients can be prosecuted for their crimes

  • the law relating to patients’ sexual expression and potential liability of nurses.

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© David Carson & Jonathan Montgomery 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • David Carson
    • 1
  • Jonathan Montgomery
    • 1
  • Elsa Montgomery
  1. 1.University of SouthamptonUK

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