Jargon buster

A guide to some of the terms used within the NHS

Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT)

RCT's are a type of scientific experiment commonly used in testing healthcare services and medications. RCTs use the random allocation of different treatments to participants, to ensure that the effectiveness of the treatment is not just due to the placebo effect - where a person feels their condition has improved due to taking a pill, even though the pill contained no active drugs.

Restriction Order

Another term for Section 41 of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA) (the law in England that controls what services can do when they are trying to assess or treat someone against their will). A Restriction Order means the Secretary of State decides when you can leave hospital.

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