Experiences of the early implementation of the Mental health (care and treatment) (Scotland) act, 2003: a cohort study

This evaluative research study was commissioned to explore the implementation of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (MHCT Act). A team of independent researchers including 8 mental health service users undertook the study, which lasted 2 years from September 2006.

Using qualitative methods, the experiences and viewpoints of those subjected to compulsory care and treatment, of informal carers and families, and of a range of health and social care professionals and advocacy workers were explored in-depth. The findings should be read within the context of the research study undertaken, and care taken in generalising to different populations and areas. Main findings are presented.

Scottish Government Social Research