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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 54  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 266-268

On the need to have "rules" to regulate covert medication


Department of Psychiatry, Jubilee Mission Medical College, Thrissur, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
James T Antony
Professor of Psychiatry, Jubilee Mission Medical College Hospital, Thrissur, Kerala
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.102428

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Exhorting psychiatrists to use covert medication is not right. Unlike in pediatrics and geriatrics, a small section of schizophrenics and mood disorder patients with full awareness of their legal rights, vehemently refuse medications. In such cases "rules" are required to regulate covert medication, forced medication etc. Only that way both patients' right for autonomy and the professionals duty to administer treatment could be simultaneously taken care of. Section 19 of the Mental Health Act 1987 provides the required legal provision for this. Civil society expects psychiatrists too to function within the boundaries set by a legal framework.



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