A nurse is discussing treatment options for a patient who has an eating disorder and is talking about inpatient treatment. The patient tells the nurse she wants to try to manage her condition on her own instead. Which response from the nurse is most appropriate?


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- Based on your condition, I think inpatient treatment is your best chance of recovery, but I will respect your decision.

- Ok, but you will not have the best luck doing it that way. I am only trying to help you.

- Do you think that is a good idea?

- I'm sorry to tell you, but because you are seeking treatment now, I am required by law to commit you to a facility for eating disorders.


A patient who requires care for a mental health condition may have her own ideas about how she wants to manage her care. The nurse may not agree with the patient in this situation, but if the patient is not harming other people, the nurse cannot force her into inpatient treatment.

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