08 Oct The Compulsory Care Act: early observations and expectations of in- or outpatient involuntary treatment
The Compulsory Care Act: early observations and expectations of in- or outpatient involuntary treatment
Paper presentation118Eric Noorthoorn, GGNet Centre of Mental Health, Warnsveld, the Netherlands
Van Beuningen ZaalSat 11:00 - 12:30
Background. On January 1st, 2020, the Dutch Compulsory Care Act (WvGGZ) replaced the Special Admissions Act (BOPZ). Whilst the old law only allowed compulsory treatment in hospital, the new law allows it both in inpatient and outpatient settings. Methods. We studied the seclusion and enforced medication events before and after January 1st 2020 using coercive measures monitoring data. Results. The mean number of hours of seclusion between 2012 and 2019 was 27,124 per year, decreasing from 48542 in 2012 to 21,133 in 2019, and to 3,844 hours in 2020. The mean incidence of enforced medication events between 2012 and 2019 was 167, increasing from 90 in 2012 to 361 in 2019, and dropping to 294 in 2020. Discussion. There was a reduction in number of seclusion hours after the introduction of the Compulsory Care Act (2020). Conclusion. We observed a significant increase of enforced medication and a decrease of seclusion.
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