Saturday, 2 July 2016

Steps to take when a mentally ill patient refuses medical treatment

An adult patient is severely depressed refuses get treated for HCV infection. How should this patient be dealt with ? 

  1. First treat depression and then for HCV

  2. Treat for HCV and depression without consent

  3. Obtain a court order to treat for both

The answer is 1, Here are the steps: 

  • Step 1 treat the psychiatric condition

  • Step 2 treat the medical condition

  • If psychiatric condition can not be treated, consider legal action e.g. Court order or consent from relative

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