The British Journal of Psychiatry
Can electronic monitoring (GPS ‘tracking’) enhance risk management in psychiatry?
John Tully, Dave Hearn, Thomas Fahy
  • Declaration of interest

    The authors are all employees of the forensic psychiatry service at South London and Maudsley Foundation Trust, where electronic monitoring has been introduced for monitoring of patients on leave. They confirm that they have not received fees or benefits from the developers of the electronic monitoring devices.


Electronic monitoring has been used in criminal justice and some health settings for three decades. Technological interventions are becoming more common in psychiatry, but may be a cause for ethical concerns and controversy. We discuss electronic monitoring as an aid to security and public safety in a forensic setting.

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