“Does Involuntary Outpatient Treatment Work?”

“Empirical evidence on effectiveness of involuntary outpatient treatment is slim. Significant design flaws in early studies of involuntary outpatient treatment reduce the confidence that can be placed in their findings. Among more recent studies, there have been only two randomized clinical trials — the gold standard for empirical investigations. One was conducted in New York City, the other in North Carolina by Duke University investigators. The studies came to conflicting conclusions.”
-Rand Corp

http://www.rand.org/pubs/research_briefs/RB4537/index1.html

A more direct, successfull clinical intervention:
“Punitive Psychiatry In China ”

“The Chinese dissident blogger He Weihua has been confined in a psychiatric hospital in a detention his family blames on his criticism of the government, a press freedom group said Friday.
“It is unacceptable that the Chinese authorities use such methods to silence citizens who have just expressed their views peacefully online,” Reporters Without Borders said. “How can the authorities expect us to believe that a mentally ill person is capable of detailed investigative reporting?”
-World
http://phastidio.net/2007/08/25/punitive-psychiatry-in-china-weekend-open-trackback/

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