Trends in Involuntary Psychiatric Hospitalization in British Columbia: Descriptive Analysis of Population-Based Linked Administrative Data from 2008 to 2018

Jackson P. Loyal, M. Ruth Lavergne, Mehdi Shirmaleki, Benedikt Fischer, Ridhwana Kaoser, Jack Makolewksi & Will Small
IntroductionInvoluntary psychiatric hospitalization occurs when someone with a serious mental disorder requires treatment without their consent. Trends vary globally, and currently, there is limited data on involuntary hospitalization in Canada. We examine involuntary hospitalization trends in British Columbia, Canada, and describe the social and clinical characteristics of people ages 15 and older who were involuntarily hospitalized between 2008/2009 and 2017/2018.MethodWe used population-based linked administrative data to examine and compare trends in involuntary and voluntary hospitalizations...
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