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Table 2 Knowledge of Certificate of Urgency

From: Knowledge of mental health legislation in Ghana: a case of the use of certificate of urgency in mental health care

Variables Frequency (n = 379) %
Awareness of Certificate of Urgency under mental health act
 Yes 179 (47%)
 No 200 (53%)
A patient under the Certificate of Urgency may be detained not exceeding 72 h
 Yes 219 (58%)
 No 160 (42%)
A person shall be received and detained in any other place of safe custody for a period not exceeding 48 h
 Yes 127 (34%)
 No 255 (66%)
The existence of any procedure in issuing the Certificate of Urgency
 Yes 213 (56%)
 No 166 (44%)
Where the Certificate of Urgency can be obtained
 Any health facility 41 (11%)
 Ministry of health office 69 (18%)
 Ghana health service officers 120 (32%)
 Psychiatric hospital 49 (13%)
 Don’t know 100 (26%)