John Libbey Eurotext

L'Information Psychiatrique


The search for freedom in psychiatric care: From care equipotentiality to a care program Volume 94, issue 1, Janvier 2018

1 Chef de service de l’Intersecteur de psychiatrie de la personne âgée,
docteur en droit,
président du Comité éthique du CHRU de Brest, CH Bohars, CHRU Brest
2 Professeur des universités (droit public)
Université Bretagne Sud
* Correspondance
  • Key words: individual freedom, mental patient, ethics, patient's rights, psychiatry, psychiatric care
  • DOI : 10.1684/ipe.2018.1736
  • Page(s) : 19-25
  • Published in: 2018

If the goals in public health and social order are clearly laid down within the field of mental health, the issue concerning the freedom of choice of the mentally ill person remains quite topical. Indeed liberty is the core of the ethical reflexion in psychiatric care. The reform of the mental health legislation (July 5, 2011 and September 27, 2013) concerning the care program sums up the critical points of this evolution. It is a question of understanding whether or not this legal model of out-patient care, without patient consent, achieves its care objectives while at the same time permits the patient to access free care