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Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine (IBME) Psychiatric and Psychotherapy Ethics (PAPE) Research Group

Video surveillance in psychiatry

Video Surveillance

Short description

Video surveillance is used in inpatient psychiatry in many countries and institutions. However, its use varies considerably because of a lack of research, discussion, and agreement on best practice. Our study provides an overview of current issues in the use of video surveillance in psychiatry, with a focus on ethical questions and their practical implications.

Collaboratoring universities – persons

Involved PAPE group researchers


  • Appenzeller, Y. E., Appelbaum, P. S., & Trachsel, M. (2020). Ethical and practical issues in video surveillance of psychiatric units. Psychiatric Services, 71(5), 480-486.