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This article has been cited by other articles in PMC. Abstract This article reviews the academic literature on the psychiatric practice of civil commitment.
It provides an overview of the history of involuntary psychiatric hospitalization in the United States—from the creation of the first asylum and the era of institutionalization to the movement of deinstitutionalization. The ethical conflict that the practice of involuntary hospitalization presents for providers, namely the conflict between the ethical duties of beneficence and respect for patient autonomy, is presented.
The evolution of the United States commitment standards, from being based on a right to treatment for patients with mental illness to being based on dangerousness, as well as the implications that the changes in commitment criteria has had on patients and society, are discussed.
Involuntary hospitalization of patient populations that present unique challenges for psychiatry e. Finally, an overview of outpatient commitment is provided. By reading this article, one will learn the history of involuntary psychiatric hospitalization in the United States and gain an understanding of the ethical issues that make civil commitment one of the most controversial practices in modern psychiatry.
Civil commitment, involuntary hospitalization, institutionalization, deinstitutionalization Introduction Many people with psychiatric illnesses spend much of their lives struggling with disorders that affect the most fundamental aspects of the human experience—their perceptions of themselves and the world in which they live.
For example, a person with depression may see him- or herself as worthless and, in his or her despair, make efforts to end his or her life. A woman in a manic state, acting in accordance with a grandiose belief of indestructibility, may engage in erratic, unsafe driving that puts her life, as well as the lives of other drivers, in jeopardy.
Someone with schizophrenia may become overwhelmed by paranoid delusions and hallucinations that command him or her to act violently against others.
And an individual suffering from dementia may become so out of touch with his or her basic needs that the individual fails to provide him- or herself a level of nourishment and self care that is necessary for survival.
Despite the clear need for psychiatric intervention in cases such as these, providing necessary treatment to persons with mental illnesses is often not an easy task.
Hospitalization is often a critical first step in initiation of psychiatric care. For this reason, involuntary hospitalization, or civil commitment, has been a mainstay of psychiatric care since the inception of our field. It continues to be a mainstay of treatment even today, although provisions for outpatient involuntary treatment have been created in an effort to avoid hospitalization when possible yet ensure that individuals get the care that they need.
Ethical Issues in Involuntary Hospitalization Our society defines the role of the physician in terms of our professional responsibilities to patients. Physicians are also bound by a professional obligation to help patients.
This duty is prescribed by the ethical principle of beneficence, 12 which requires that doctors provide to patients services that will benefit them.
Psychiatrists often encounter cases in which patients are in grave need of treatment yet adamantly refuse to cooperate with the provision of the necessary treatment. In these cases, psychiatrists face the challenge of weighing their professional obligations of nonmalevolence and beneficence in deciding whether to hospitalize patients against their wishes.
When an individual is suffering from a severe mental illness that grossly distorts his perception of reality, it is often clear that he or she has lost the usual capacity for making decisions in his or her best interest. In this case, the individual is not truly autonomous, and the decision to override his or her expressed wishes in favor of hospitalization and treatment to benefit the patient and restore autonomy does not cause much conflict for the psychiatrist.
State governments—acting on the basis of two major legal principles—have enacted laws defining the standards for involuntary treatment, which serve as guidelines for physicians confronted with patients who are refusing hospital admission. Because of this obligation to all citizens, the state has the right to write statutes for the benefit of society at large, even when providing this benefit may come at the cost of restricting the liberties of certain individuals.
In these settings, the mentally ill were warehoused to ensure the safety of the community and were not offered treatment of any kind.
These individuals were incurable by the available treatments of the day. Asylums thus became long-term homes for chronic patients whose care consisted of restraint, sedation with medications, such as bromides and chloral hydrate, 7 or experimental treatment with opium, camphor, and cathartics.
There was no distinction between voluntary and involuntary admissions to psychiatric hospitals; all admissions were involuntary. Furthermore, because many institutions operated on private funding, it was quite possible for families to purchase the confinement of unwanted relatives.
Elizabeth Packard illustrates how problematic the civil commitment standards of the time were. Packard was committed to a Jacksonville, Illinois, asylum in at the behest of her husband who was a clergyman.
Packard initiated the hospitalization of his wife to punish her for having an unclean spirit, 10 a decision that he based on her exploration of spiritual traditions outside the Presbyterian faith. Packard learned that she had lost custody of her children and ownership of her property. She filed a lawsuit for wrongful confinement and won.
She then devoted her life to promoting change in civil commitment laws. Packard to be hospitalized. The standards of the day required only that the presence of mental illness and a recommendation for treatment be established to prove that admission of a person to a psychiatric hospital against his or her will was necessary.State Civil Commitment for Sex Offenders.
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