Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk: Guidelines for Clinically Based Risk Management

Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk: Guidelines for Clinically Based Risk Management

by Robert I. Simon
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1585621706

ISBN-13: 9781585621705

Pub. Date: 10/28/2003

Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated

Patient suicide is an unavoidable occupational hazard of psychiatric practice. Indeed, it is the rare clinician who does not struggle, even agonize, over the complex task of assessing and managing the risk of suicide in patients. Patient suicides account for the greatest number of malpractice suits filed against psychiatrists and for the greatest number of

Overview

Patient suicide is an unavoidable occupational hazard of psychiatric practice. Indeed, it is the rare clinician who does not struggle, even agonize, over the complex task of assessing and managing the risk of suicide in patients. Patient suicides account for the greatest number of malpractice suits filed against psychiatrists and for the greatest number of settlements and verdicts covered by professional liability insurers.

In this book, written by a clinician for clinicians, Dr. Simon, an established expert in psychiatry and law, offers • A solid, easy-to-understand review of how medical malpractice law applies to patient suicides. He discusses the standards of care physicians must meet, the conditions associated with malpractice liability, and how best to minimize risks of litigation. • Extensive references to peer-reviewed literature on suicide and recent malpractice cases, including those triggered by patient suicides, which give insight into the latest developments in both the scientific community and the courts. • Much-needed practical advice, including advice on working with suicide risk assessments and suicide prevention contracts, on treating suicidal patients in various settings (outpatient, inpatient, collaborative, and emergency), and on coping with issues arising in the aftermath of a patient's suicide (documentation, confidentiality, and survivor care). • Clearly defined risk management guidelines that will help clinicians avoid litigation or establish a sound legal defense if sued for malpractice. • Numerous case examples that make the theoretical discussions and clinically based risk management guidelines that follow come alive.

Rich in advice that draws on the author's more than 40 years of clinical experience, this book serves as an essential aid to clinicians.

American Psychiatric Publishing

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781585621705
Publisher:
American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/28/2003
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
1,210,496
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Foreword. Preface. Suicide and malpractice litigation. Suicide risk assessment. Suicide prevention contracts. Outpatients. Collaborative treatment. Inpatients. Emergency psychiatric services. Suicide aftermath: documentation, confidentiality, and survivor care. Index of legal cases and statutes. General index.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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