Volume 35, Issue 5 (September 1990)
Liberty and Tardive Dyskinesia: Informed Consent to Antipsychotic Medication in the Forensic Psychiatric Hospital
This paper addresses informed consent to antipsychotic medication of those incarcerated in a forensic psychiatric hospital. The ways in which the unique setting of the forensic psychiatric hospital impinge upon the three components of informed consent—information, voluntariness, and competency—are explored. Special attention is given to the risk-benefit ratio of receiving antipsychotic medication in terms of the liberty interests at stake—freedom of movement, that is, the effects of tardive dyskinesia, and freedom of space, that is, release from the forensic psychiatric facility.