A competency-based approach to court-ordered outpatient treatment

New Dir Ment Health Serv. Fall 1997;(75):81-95. doi: 10.1002/yd.2330237510.


A quasi-experimental study of involuntary outpatient treatment in Massachusetts is described and analyzed. Results indicate decreased hospital use by the involuntarily treated outpatients, which may or may not be due to the involuntary intervention itself.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Commitment of Mentally Ill*
  • Community Mental Health Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Massachusetts
  • Mental Competency*
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Outpatients
  • Retrospective Studies