The Right to Refuse Medication: Navigating the Ambiguity

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The right of people with mental illness to refuse antipsychotic medication has become an increasingly ambiguous issue, in part due to the fact that there is no unifying definition, legal or clinical, that defines a person’s competence to refuse medication. This article outlines some of the reasons why people with mental illness refuse medication, as well as factors that today result in difficulties, dilemmas, and ambiguity, for both practitioners and people with mental illness, in the proces of treatment.

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