20.9.09

Rapport til FN om menneskerettigheter

Rapport til FN (s. 17):

Coercion in the mental health services

International statistics on the use of coercion in the mental health sector indicate that the frequency of coercion is high in Norway. The Government receives many inputs and reactions from patients and relatives, health personnel and others that describe perceived abuse in this connection. In the period 1998-2008, an extensive improvement plan for the mental health services produced results in many areas. However, several challenges remain.

Incorrect and inadequate reporting on the various forms of coercion within and between the Norwegian health regions contributes to the uncertainty of figures concerning how much and what kinds of coercion are used. Geographical variations in the reported data reflect differences in coercive practices. Consequently it is assumed that reducing the use of coercion is an achievable objective.

Several measures have been initiated to improve documentation of the use of coercion in the mental health service. A working group has considered the need for the treatment criterion in the Mental Health Care Act and the need for new measures in the Action Plan. The working group has expressed concern about the high and varying coercion figures in Norway and has proposed a number of measures for further action. A process has been initiated to follow up the report.

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