CARMHA Research Seminars

Patients’ rights and BC’s Mental Health Act: Current issues in policy and practice

Presenter: Dr. Iva Cheung
Date
: September 6, 2019
Time
: 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Location
: SFU Harbour Centre, Room 2050
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Abstract:

BC’s Mental Health Act has provisions to safeguard the rights of involuntary patients, who lose their freedom and their ability to make decisions about their psychiatric care. But a recent investigation by the BC Office of the Ombudsperson found that the mental health system has done a poor job of following those provisions. In this talk I’ll discuss:

  • why rights are an important part of patients’ treatment and recovery,
  • how patients want to learn about their Mental Health Act rights,
  • what clinicians have identified as facilitators and barriers to giving patients rights information,
  • how the BC Office of the Ombudsperson’s report—and its 24 recommendations—might affect policy and practice, and
  • how recent attention on the Mental Health Act gives us a policy window to explore new research directions and effect practice change. 

Brief Bio:

Iva Cheung joined CARMHA in 2014 as a PhD student and completed her degree in July 2019. Her research interests include plain language, health literacy, and knowledge translation.