Ethics of community psychiatry

Curr Opin Psychiatry. 1999 Sep;12(5):597-600. doi: 10.1097/00001504-199909000-00013.


Psychiatric care in the community gives rise to ethical dilemmas which resemble those associated with predominantly institutional care. However, there are also dilemmas specifically associated with community care, many of which are conceptual as well as practical. Papers addressing both conceptual and practical ethical dilemmas are reviewed including some papers which deal with the ethical issues associated with violence in the community by the mentally ill.

MeSH terms

  • Coercion
  • Commitment of Mentally Ill
  • Community Mental Health Services / ethics*
  • Humans
  • Mental Competency
  • Mentally Ill Persons*
  • Research
  • Treatment Refusal
  • Violence / prevention & control