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Friday, April 1, 2016

Assisted Outpatient Treatment: APA’s Position Statement

Renée Binder
Psychiatric News
Originally posted February 29, 2016

Here is an excerpt:

  • Is AOT ethical? Some opponents of AOT feel that it is unethical to force patients into treatment except for emergency treatment, that is, when a patient is a danger to self, a danger to others, or unable to care for basic needs. They argue that AOT goes against the principles of autonomy and right to self-determination.

Opponents contend that even if someone has a chronic mental illness and has a history of hospitalization or incarceration, they still have the right to decide if they want to comply with treatment, barring an emergency. AOT supporters argue that AOT is consistent with the principle of beneficence and tries to intervene before someone meets the criteria for involuntary hospitalization to prevent deterioration based on past history. After reviewing the arguments on both sides, the APA position statement supports the use of AOT and opines that it is ethical when used appropriately.

The article is here.
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