Year: 1995 Source: 2p. SIEC No: 19960208

Very little evidence regarding the effectiveness of involuntary hospitalization in reducing suicide rates exists. Two studies that examined the outcome of suicide among patients admitted involuntarily to hospital are reviewed. Given the lack of research & methodological flaws associated with these 2 studies, the author states that it would be premature to argue for or even against involuntary commitment as a method of suicide prevention and intervention.