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February 2013
The British Medical Association Book Awards 2012

We are pleased to announce that three WPA books were Highly Commended in the Psychiatry section of the BMA Book Awards 2012.

Substance Abuse Disorders: Evidence and Experience by Hamid Ghodse, Helen Herrman, Mario Maj and Norman Sartorius and Community Mental Health: Putting Policy Into Practice Globally by Graham Thornicroft, Atalay Alem, Robert E. Drake, Hiroto Ito, Jair Mari, Peter McGeorge, R. Tara, Maya Semrau, and Coercive Treatment in Psychiatry: Clinical, legal and ethical aspects, by Thomas W. Kallert, Juan E. Mezzich and John Monahan.

Substance Abuse Disorders informs psychiatrists and a wide range of professional groups from health and social services about substance abuse disorders and their treatment and control. The book was recognised for its “evidence-based approach, complemented by commentaries imparting clinical experience, setting it apart from standard texts on the subject”. The BMA commended the book for being both well written and very readable, heralding it as “a successful amalgamation of the knowledge of leading researchers in specific fields by asking the relevant experts to head up particular chapters”.

Community Mental Health reviews the implementation of community-orientated mental health care using the balanced care model. The book won praise from the BMA for producing a “treasure trove of information covering the seven WHO regions” and acknowledged the book as the first of its kind to bring together information about mental health services throughout the world. The BMA declared “its major strength lies in bringing together information form many diverse sources and showing that each has the same gaps and obstacles”.

Coercive Treatment in Psychiatry: Clinical, legal and ethical aspects was also Highly Commended for being a “ground-breaking books that presents a comprehensive review of the issue of coercion in psychiatry”. The first three sections deal with the conceptual and clinical aspects of coercive treatment, the legal aspects and the ethical aspects of coercive treatment. In detail, these sections cover a broad spectrum of issues: coercion in institutions and in the community, coercive treatment and stigma, the definition of best practice standards for coercive treatment, de-escalation of risk situations, recent developments in mental health legislation, mental health care and patients' rights, cross-cultural perspectives on coercive treatment, historical injustice in psychiatry, and paternalism in mental health. The fourth section features users' views on coercive treatment: giving voice to an often-unheeded population. Finally, the book addresses the original topic of coercion and undue influence in decisions to participate in psychiatric research.

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