The World Health Organization's QualityRights materials for training, guidance and transformation: preventing coercion but marginalising psychiatry

Br J Psychiatry. 2021 May;218(5):240-242. doi: 10.1192/bjp.2021.20.


The World Health Organization has developed training material to support its QualityRights Initiative. These documents offer excellent strategies to limit coercion. However, the negative portrayal of psychiatry, the absolute prohibition on involuntary treatment and the apparent acceptance of the criminalisation of individuals with mental illness are causes for concern.

Keywords: Human rights; QualityRights; World Health Organization; coercion.

MeSH terms

  • Coercion
  • Global Health
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders* / therapy
  • Psychiatry*
  • World Health Organization