n African Journal of Psychiatry - When coercion meets hope : can forensic psychiatry adopt the recovery model? : forensic forum

Volume 15, Issue 3
  • ISSN : 1994-8220



Most forensic mental health programmes focus primarily on treating patients' mental illness in much the same way that all psychiatric patients are managed. Risk management is usually presumed to have been accomplished when the patient achieves clinical recovery, which really means remission of illness and compliance with treatment. Not all patients require equal measures of risk management and psychiatric care, nor has it been possible to pursue both seamlessly as part of an overall treatment philosophy, although both seem to involve paternalistic care.

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