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Are patients who are committed to the psych hospital allowed to refuse medical treatment?
7 doctors weighed in

Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry
5 doctors agree
In brief: Very complex issues
Any person may refuse medical treatment, even when committed to a psychiatric hospital.
Yet these same people often do need medications. Legal perspectives cite 2 important bounds: protecting ill/vulnerable people, and not infringing on their autonomy. Therapeutic alliance between patient & doctor must walk between these bounds. In a medical emergency, the patient can be involuntarily medicated.

In brief: Very complex issues
Any person may refuse medical treatment, even when committed to a psychiatric hospital.
Yet these same people often do need medications. Legal perspectives cite 2 important bounds: protecting ill/vulnerable people, and not infringing on their autonomy. Therapeutic alliance between patient & doctor must walk between these bounds. In a medical emergency, the patient can be involuntarily medicated.
Dr. Pamela Pappas
Dr. Pamela Pappas
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Dr. Kevin Considine
Family Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
If a patient has been committed to a psychiatric hospital then he has been deemed a danger to him/her self or others.
If that is the case then the patient would have to be treated involuntarily for safety reasons.

In brief: No
If a patient has been committed to a psychiatric hospital then he has been deemed a danger to him/her self or others.
If that is the case then the patient would have to be treated involuntarily for safety reasons.
Dr. Kevin Considine
Dr. Kevin Considine
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