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No robust evidence yet regarding Community Treatment Orders

MARCH 06, 2007

The Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, has today published a new report ‘International Experiences of Using Community Treatment Orders’  by Dr Rachel Churchill, Professor Matthew Hotopf and associated co-authors. The report explains that there is no robust evidence as yet to prove whether community treatment orders (CTOs) are beneficial or harmful to patients.

This report represents the most comprehensive and thorough review of research into international experiences of using compulsory treatment orders, summarising evidence from 72 data-based empirical studies undertaken in six countries over the last thirty years.  The report can be downloaded from:
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