A Methaethical Perspective on Non/Voluntary Psychiatric Hospitalization

Archiv Euromedica – Copyright © 2018


PAGES | 117-120           

LANGUAGE | English

ISSN| 2193-3863

HOW TO CITE| SANDU, Antonio, Frunza, A., Bulgaru Iliescu, D., Unguru, E., Hunea, I., Rohozneanu, A., & Damian, S. (2018). A Methaethical Perspective on Non/Voluntary Psychiatric Hospitalization. Archiv Euromedica, 8(1), 117-120. WOS:000436416900041.

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This paper aims at emphasizing some analysis frameworks from (bio)ethical perspective on the non- voluntary hospitalization of the psychiatric patients which was not decided based on a court decision and / or a forensic report. The case study concerns a case in which the Romanian state was condemned by the ECHR for failing to follow the procedures agreed at European level on non-voluntary hospitalization nor was obtained a credible informed consent from the patient. In reasoning the decision for this case, the ECHR pointed out the seriousness of the fact that, in fact, it has been a cooperation of several state institutions, including a psychiatric hospital, the Police and the Prosecution.
The case has considered limiting freedom of movement of persons — by non-voluntary hospitalization — at the same time endangering the health of patients by prescribing a medication specific to particularly aggressive disease that may have serious psychiatric side effects. ECHR considers that to perform such treatment would have been necessary to guarantee the possibility of a medical counter expertise. The case can be considered as a limitation of freedom of conscience, as the alleged reason of using of non-voluntary hospitalization by the parents of patient – major patient at the date of hospitalization – was the patient’s appurtenance to a group — legally composed in Romania, but very disputed in terms of social, political and religious beliefs, a group who was dealing with an extremely negative public image in that period, and also with a very supported negative media campaign. This group was promoting a series of eastern spiritual practices of yoga.


Non-voluntary hospitalization; ethical perspective; ECHR; informed consent; psychiatric patients, human rights, human dignity, ethics, CEDO.