Schizophrenia Case Study
Introduction: Contracted Case Analysis
This case highlights a female diagnosed with schizophrenia. The letter written by the sister of the patient indicates 10 years of ongoing symptoms and heavily criticizes the Australian mental health care system. The sister has described feelings of degradation, stress, and discomfort, for herself as well as her mother, as caregivers for the patient. There is clearly not the possibility of a sufficient amount of care available to the patient, which may be the result of a small family. The patient was also left unattended at multiple instances by medical authorities as well as family.
Duty of Care/ Human Rights
As we can see, the patient was not in the proper state of mind to be able to properly self medicate, nonetheless, she was given, by medical authorities, the opportunity to do so. This was plainly not an accurate judgment on behalf of the nurses and doctors seeing as her condition escalated into something much more severe. In this case, the sister of the patient has challenged the current structure in the Australian mental health system in regards to duty of care being more, if not equally important than the right to privacy of a mentally ill person. This is an idea that has been challenged in many countries for many years.
In Indonesia, people with mental illnesses can be restrained against their will, and with no legal basis, be involuntarily treated. There is absolutely no requirement for a legal review of the need for hospitalization and there is no need for consent of the patient or a guardian to be admitted into, and detained in a hospital. (Imansyah et al., 2009). Here we can see the extreme opposite of our case, where the subject is given too many liberties, resulting in a detrimental effect on her health. It is difficult to find the appropriate balance between violation of human rights and fulfillment of the duty of care. However, it is important to act in accordance with the constitution. In doing so, a recommendation would be for the family members present to take a stronger and more present role in guardianship. If this is not possible, the state and medical authorities should assign a professional caregiver for the patient. Read more…