“Coercion” and Leverage in Clinical Outreach
This chapter addresses the issues of coercion and leverage in clinical outreach to persons who are homeless and have a severe mental illness. The terms coercion and leverage refer to a broad array of strategies that are used to pressure patients to adhere to treatments or social acts prescribed by outreach clinicians. Coercion in the more narrow sense of “forced action” is not the primary focus. Therefore, we shall henceforth use the term leverage to refer to this broad array of strategies.
KeywordsOutpatient Treatment Assertive Community Treatment Patient Autonomy Outreach Program Community Psychiatry
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