Involuntary Treatment and Quality of Life

Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2019 Jun;42(2):299-307. doi: 10.1016/j.psc.2019.01.011.


The issues centering on the involuntary treatment of severe and enduring anorexia nervosa are daunting. There is a general consensus that people with this illness are likely to have high levels of disability, be underemployed/unemployed, and receive welfare. Anorexia nervosa shows a similar degree of impairment to those with depression or schizophrenia on quality-of-life measures. It is possible to mount a cogent argument as to why a rehabilitation model of care needs to be considered for those with persistent eating disorders. In such cases, harm minimization and improved quality of life should be prioritized and involuntary treatment used judiciously.

Keywords: Anorexia nervosa; Human rights; Involuntary treatment; Quality of life.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Anorexia Nervosa / therapy*
  • Evidence-Based Practice
  • Human Rights
  • Humans
  • Involuntary Treatment / legislation & jurisprudence*
  • Quality of Life*