Community Mental Health Journal

, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp 46–55 | Cite as

The least restrictive alternative: Hidden meanings and agendas

  • Robert D. Miller


The concept of least restrictive alternative is used by professionals in legal, social, political, and clinical specialties, often without realizing that it may have very different meanings in these different contexts. The author examines these different meanings and argues that the various definitions and hidden meanins must be made overt if professionals in the various fields are to be able to work together to serve the best interests of patients.


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© Human Sciences Press 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert D. Miller
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.John Umstead HospitalButner
  2. 2.Duke University Medical CenterDurham

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