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Citation

Kok LP, Tan CT, Lek SP, Ong TC. Ann. Acad. Med. Singapore 2005; 34(1): 134-136.

Affiliation

Gleneagles Medical Centre, 6 Napier Rd, Singapore.

Copyright

(Copyright © 2005, Academy of Medicine, Singapore)

DOI

unavailable

PMID

15726233

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Psychiatrists in non-gazetted treatment settings, like psychiatric wards in restructured general hospitals and private hospitals, face a major problem when psychiatric patients who require admission are either not competent or refuse to consent to admission and treatment, although they are clearly in need of such inpatient management. Admission to the state mental hospital is often refused by their relatives for a number of reasons, like the stigma attached to admission to such a hospital, and the fear that future employment prospects might be affected. CLINICAL PICTURE: Mr X, a manic, violent patient, had no insight into his disorder and refused admission and treatment for his manic episode. He was the head of a large corporation, and his relatives were apprehensive he would make decisions that could jeopardize the company. TREATMENT: He refused oral medication, could not tolerate parenteral haloperidol and had lithium nephrotoxicity. Inpatient electroconvulsive therapy had to be administered, after which he responded satisfactorily. CONCLUSION: The legal implications in this case, like consent for treatment and admission, and ethical issues, are discussed.


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