To the EditorJAMA Psychiatry recently published an important systematic review and meta-analysis by de Jong et al.1 We want to congratulate the authors on this highly needed work and fully agree that lowering compulsory admissions constitutes a crucial issue to ensure optimal psychiatric treatment. However, we would like to point out 2 problems with their approach.
Schneeberger AR, Huber CG, Lang UE. Open Wards in Psychiatric Clinics and Compulsory Psychiatric Admissions. JAMA Psychiatry. 2016;73(12):1293. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.1738