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Ethnicity and Service Engagement Among Involuntary Patients
David Vinkers, M.D., Ph.D.; Anton W. B. van Baars, M.D.; André I. Wierdsma, Ph.D.
Psychiatric Services 2013; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.201300037
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Dr. Vinkers is affiliated with the Netherlands Institute of Forensic Psychiatry and Psychology, Rotterdam, Netherlands. Dr. van Baars and Dr. Wierdsma are with the Department of Psychiatry, Erasmus University, Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Copyright © 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association

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To the Editor: It remains unclear whether ethnicity attenuates service engagement among psychiatric patients (1). The relationship between ethnicity and engagement may be confounded by perceived coercion, illness insight, and severity of symptoms (14). However, previous studies of this topic have been cross-sectional (1). Therefore, we examined the relationship between ethnicity, service engagement, perceived coercion, illness insight, and severity of symptoms among 141 involuntary committed patients during a one-year follow-up (5).

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