Psychiatric bed numbers in Australia

Stephen Allison, Tarun Bastiampillai, David Copolov, David Castle

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Luke S Rains and colleagues1 address an important issue of the large and unexplained differences in involuntary hospitalisation rates among 22 countries across Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. The authors make an important contribution to the literature with a careful examination of the effect of local legal codes on involuntary hospitalisation rates. However, the study contains a data point that misleads readers about the Australian mental health system and casts some doubt on the quality of the data underpinning an important finding in the study: a positive association between greater numbers of psychiatric beds and higher involuntary hospitalisation rates.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e21
JournalThe Lancet Psychiatry
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019


  • Involuntary Treatment
  • Science & Technology
  • Australia
  • Psychiatric Department, Hospital
  • Psychiatry
  • Life Sciences & Biomedicine


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