The authors surveyed the reactions toward commitment of 61 respondents out of a sample of 100 patients who had been committed to hospital during a one year period. The patients reported little change in their life situation as a result of committal and most viewed committal quite neutrally. They generally felt uninformed of their rights and indicated little intent to appeal the commitments, but wished to be assured that their rights were being considered and protected. Most saw psychiatrists as the professional group best equipped to bring about a committal. The importance of consumer surveys in controversial areas such as this is underscored.