Perceived coercion to enter treatment among involuntarily and voluntarily admitted patients with substance use disorders

BMC Health Services Research 2016 16:656
Authors: Anne Opsal, Øistein Kristensen, John Kåre Vederhus, Thomas Clausen
“Perceived coercion is a sense of pressure related to the experience of being referred to treatment. The sense of pressure arises from the patient’s internal perception of coercion. The sources of coercion may be the legal system, the family, the health system, or self-criticism (internal sources). Here, we studied patients diagnosed with substance use disorders that were involuntarily admitted to hospital, pursuant to a social services act. We sought to determine whether these patients perceived coercion differently than patients that were admitted voluntarily.”
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