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“Assisted Outpatient Treatment”: An Example of Newspeak?
Erik Roskes, M.D.
Psychiatric Services 2013; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.641106
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Dr. Roskes is with the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.

Copyright © 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association

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To the Editor: For years, proponents of involuntary outpatient commitment have put forth the euphemistic term “assisted outpatient treatment” in an apparent effort to render the coercive aspect of the procedure less obvious to the casual observer. Most recently in these pages, Torrey (1) used a book review as a forum to continue promoting this intervention.

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Torrey  EF:  Against Autonomy: Justifying Coercive Paternalism [book review].  Psychiatric Services  (E-pub, August 1, 2013)
 
Monahan  J;  Bonnie  RJ;  Appelbaum  PS  et al:  Mandated community treatment: beyond outpatient commitment.  Psychiatric Services 52:1198–1205, 2001
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