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No less restrictive treatment

What is ‘no less restrictive treatment’?

In deciding whether there is no less restrictive way for you to be treated, the Tribunal must consider a range of factors including:

  • the person’s views and preferences about ECT (including views expressed in an advance statement), any beneficial alternative treatments that are reasonably available and the reasons for those views or preferences, including any recovery outcome the person would like to achieve
  •  the views of other significant people such as the nominated person, a guardian of the patient or a carer, if the authorised psychiatrist is satisfied that the decision to perform ECT will affect the carer and the care relationship
  •  the likely consequences for the person if ECT is not performed
  •  any second psychiatrist opinion that the authorised psychiatrist has received.