An ethical analysis of the policies of British community and hospital care for mentally ill people

S. Pattison*, P. Armitage

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    Abstract

    Scant consideration has been given to the ethical implications of the policy of closing down psychiatric hospitals in favour of community care. The recent adherents of this policy in government have been enthusiastic in encouraging its implementation. This paper has three sections: a brief resumé of the history and principles of community care for the mentally ill; a discussion on the merits and de-merits of psychiatric care in the hospital and in the community; and an outline of some preliminary categories for ethical analysis.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)136-142
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Medical Ethics
    Volume12
    Issue number3
    Publication statusPublished - Sep 1986

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