Video surveillance in mental health facilities: Is it ethical?

Tali Stolovy*, Yuval Melamed, Arnon Afek

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Video surveillance is a tool for managing safety and security within public spaces. In mental health facilities, the major benefit of video surveillance is that it enables 24 hour monitoring of patients, which has the potential to reduce violent and aggressive behavior. The major disadvantage is that such observation is by nature intrusive. It diminishes privacy, a factor of huge importance for psychiatric inpatients. Thus, an ongoing debate has developed following the increasing use of cameras in this setting. This article presents the experience of a mediumlarge academic state hospital that uses video surveillance, and explores the various ethical and administrative aspects of video surveillance in mental health facilities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)274-276
Number of pages3
JournalIsrael Medical Association Journal
Volume17
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 May 2015

Keywords

  • Closed circuit television (CCTV)
  • Ethics
  • Mental health
  • Video surveillance

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