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This article is part of the supplement: World Psychiatric Association (WPA) Thematic Conference. Coercive Treatment in Psychiatry: A Comprehensive Review

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Smoking cessation for psychotic patients facing compulsory treatment in a French inpatient psychiatric unit

Annie Viala*, Nadia Benathzmane and Françoise Cornic

  • * Corresponding author: Annie Viala

BMC Psychiatry 2007, 7(Suppl 1):P1  doi:10.1186/1471-244X-7-S1-P1

Smoking restrictions could be detrimental for Acute Psychiatric Services

simmi sehgal   (2010-05-12 09:45)  Bedfordshire and Luton partnership NHS trust email

Imposing smoking restrictions in psychiatric inpatient units could prove not being in the best interests of the patients. Firstly it has been shown by research studies that due to this restriction, the contact of crisis services by psychotic patients has been reduced. Also the rate of violent incidents towards members of staff has increased.
There could also be a possibility of the psychotic symptoms getting worse due to the use of nicotine replacement patches

Competing interests

None declared

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