Objectives:
To explore a contradiction between evidence suggesting community treatment order (CTO) ineffectiveness and clinical experience.

Conclusions:
The literature pertaining to CTOs actually provides an evidence base for both positions. The headline that three randomised controlled trials and subsequent meta-analyses fail to demonstrate significant differences between groups reflects selection bias. A case may still be made for CTOs.

John Little
Australasian Psychiatry, 2018
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/1039856217726699

Misrepresenting community treatment orders – 2018