07 Oct Health professionals` experiences when community treatment order was revoked following capacity-based mental health legislation
Health professionals` experiences when community treatment order was revoked following capacity-based mental health legislation
Poster presentation282Nina Camilla Wergeland, University Hospital of North Norway and UiT The Arctic Univeristy of Norway, Norway
Jurriaanse FoyerFri 11:00 - 12:00
In 2017 Norway introduced capacity-based legislation in mental health care with the aim of increasing patient autonomy and legal protection, and reducing the use of coercion. The aim of the study was to explore health professionals’ experiences of how capacity-based legislation affects healthcare services for patients whose community treatment order (CTO) was revoked as a result of having capacity to consent. Nine health professionals from specialist and primary healthcare services were individually interviewed in 2019-2020. We used a hermeneutic approach to the interviews and analysis of the transcripts. The participants found that capacity-based legislation raised their awareness of their responsibility for patient autonomy and involvement in treatment and care. The study shows that personnel now focus more on adapting care and treatment to patients` wishes and condition to enable them to maintain their capacity to consent and prevent a new CTO. This requires close collaboration between primary and specialist level.