Experience of ombudsman at lev hasharon mental health center

Mircea Sigal, Arad Kodesh, Olga Preisman

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This article describes the first Israeli experience of using an ombudsman in a psychiatrichospital (Lev Hasharon Mental Health Center, Pardesia). The Internal Ombudsman model was used. During a two-year period from 1997 to 1999, out of a total of 1,881 hospitalizations, a total of 71 complaints were received from 68 patients. Analysis of the appeals revealed that the following groups were over-represented: 1. Jewish patients; 2. Male patients: 3. Involuntary admissions. Arising out of our experience we would encourage the implementation of the Ombudsman in psychiatric hospitals.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)132-136
Number of pages5
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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