Comparing mental health and mental capacity law data across borders: challenges and opportunities

Gavin Davidson*, Elizabeth Agnew, Lisa Brophy, Jim Campbell, Mary Donnelly, Anne-Maree Farrell, Trisha Forbes, Rhiannon Frowde, Brendan D. Kelly, Claire McCartan

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The island of Ireland is partitioned into Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. In both jurisdictions, there have been important developments in mental health and mental capacity law, and associated policies and services. This includes an emphasis on developing more comprehensive approaches to collecting data on outcomes and so there is an opportunity to align these processes to enable comparison and shared learning across the border. This article explores: legal and policy developments; international approaches to mental health outcomes; and the type of data that would be helpful to collect to better understand the use of mental health and mental capacity laws. It is argued that an inclusive strategy to developing a comprehensive, integrated and aligned approach to collecting and analysing data would benefit citizens, policy makers and professionals. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2024 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Ltd.. All rights reserved.]
Original languageEnglish
Article number101949
Pages (from-to)101949
Number of pages5
JournalInternational Journal of Law and Psychiatry
Early online date04 Jan 2024
Publication statusPublished - 04 Jan 2024


  • Human rights
  • Mental capacity law
  • Mental health data
  • Mental health law
  • Mental health outcomes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law


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