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Psychiatrists' familiarity with legal statutes governing emergency involuntary hospitalization
Am J Psychiatry 1978;135:205-209.
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The authors sent out questionnaires regarding knowledge of statutes governing emergency involuntary hospitalization to psychiatrists in Connecticut and in the District of Columbia. Fifty-five percent (N=207) of the sample in Connecticut and 25% (N=87) of the sample in the District of Columbia responded. The responses showed that few of these psychiatrists had a thorough familiarity with the legal statutes governing emergency involuntary hospitalization in their jurisdictions. The most frequently cited criterion was the dangerousness standard, especially in the District of Columbia sample, and many psychiatrists were not sure of the nature of their statutory authority when their patients met the criteria for emergency hospitalization.

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