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This paper details the grounds for compulsory treatment, compulsory admissions in an emergency department and compulsory out-patient treatment in Portugal. Portuguese mental health legislation has improved significantly over recent years, with enhanced safeguards, rapid and rigorous review and clear criteria for compulsory treatment, although much remains to be done, especially in relation to the 'move into the community'.

Type

Journal article

Journal

BJPsych Int

Publication Date

02/2016

Volume

13

Pages

17 - 19