Thursday, January 04, 2007

Overhyping a coercion controversy?

Two international studies recently examined consumers and other stakeholders’ experiences with AOT in long-standing programs in Canada and New Zealand.

Their findings echo what we hear over and over from families and consumers who’ve actually participated – AOT works and the controversy surrounding its use is much more attenuated than those who oppose it would have you believe.

As the Canadian researchers explain, “[O]ur findings were similar to those of researchers in New Zealand who noted that the actual experience of coercion by the majority of patients was much less than the strident policy debates… sometimes suggest.”

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