Interpretation and knowledge of human rights in mental health practice.

Geoffrey Dickens*, Philip Sugarman

*Corresponding author for this work

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The Human Rights Act is sometimes misunderstood as being an obstruction to the provision of safe and effective mental health care, allowing patients to cry 'human rights abuse' too easily. In reality, however, little is known about how human rights are protected and promoted in psychiatric care. This article provides an overview, for nurses, of how human rights are currently understood to be protected in mental health care and steps that could improve the protection of rights. Additionally, an overview of the relevant case law is presented to enable nurses to understand how human rights law is ever-evolving, how cases may be interpreted, and the implications that this has for mental health nursing practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)664-667
Number of pages4
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes


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