GPs and involuntary admission: A qualitative study

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  • Britta Jepsen
  • ,
  • Kirsten Lomborg
  • Marianne Engberg, Rehabilitation and Research Centre for Torture Victims
  • School of Public Health

Background In many countries, medical authorities are responsible for involuntary admissions of mentally ill patients. Nonetheless, very little is known about GPs' experiences with involuntary admission. Aim The aim of the present study was to explore GP's experiences from participating in involuntary admissions. Setting General practice, Aarhus, Denmark. Method One focus group interview and six individual interviews were conducted with 13 Danish GPs, who had recently sectioned one of their own patients. Results GPs experienced stress and found the admission procedure time consuming. They felt that sectioning patients was unpleasant, and felt nervous, but experienced relief and professional satisfaction if things went well. The GPs experienced the doctor-patient relationship to be at risk, but also reported that it could be improved. GPs felt that they were not taken seriously by the psychiatric system. Conclusion The unpleasant experiences and induced feelings resulting from involuntary admissions reflect an undesirable and stressful working environment.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBritish Journal of General Practice
Pages (from-to)604-606
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2010

    Research areas

  • Coercion, Commitment of mentally ill, Doctor-patient relations, General practice, Psychiatry, Qualitative research

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