How to improve clinical practice on involuntary hospital admissions of psychiatric patients: Suggestions from the EUNOMIA study

A. Fiorillo*, C. De Rosa, V. Del Vecchio, L. Jurjanz, K. Schnall, G. Onchev, S. Alexiev, J. Raboch, L. Kalisova, A. Mastrogianni, E. Georgiadou, Z. Solomon, A. Dembinskas, V. Raskauskas, P. Nawka, A. Nawka, A. Kiejna, T. Hadrys, F. Torres-Gonzales, F. MayoralA. Björkdahl, L. Kjellin, S. Priebe, M. Maj, T. Kallert

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Number and procedures of involuntary hospital admissions vary in Europe according to the different socio-cultural contexts. The European Commission has funded the EUNOMIA study in 12 European countries in order to develop European recommendations for good clinical practice in involuntary hospital admissions. The recommendations have been developed with the direct and active involvement of national leaders and key professionals, who worked out national recommendations, subsequently summarized into a European document, through the use of specific categories. The need for standardizing the involuntary hospital admission has been highlighted by all centers. In the final recommendations, it has been stressed the need to: providing information to patients about the reasons for hospitalization and its presumable duration; protecting patients' rights during hospitalization; encouraging the involvement of family members; improving the communication between community and hospital teams; organizing meetings, seminars and focus-groups with users; developing training courses for involved professionals on the management of aggressive behaviors, clinical aspects of major mental disorders, the legal and administrative aspects of involuntary hospital admissions, on communication skills. The results showed the huge variation of involuntary hospital admissions in Europe and the importance of developing guidelines on this procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-207
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - May 2011


FundersFunder number
Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources ProgrammeQLG4-CT-2002-01036
European Commission


    • Ethics and human rights
    • Psychiatry in Europe
    • Quality of care


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