Clinical Handbook of Psychiatry and the Law / Edition 4

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Overview

Thoroughly updated for its Fourth Edition, this award-winning handbook gives mental health professionals authoritative guidance on how the law affects their clinical practice. Each chapter presents case examples of legal issues that arise in practice, clearly explains the governing legal rules, their rationale, and their clinical impact, and offers concrete action guides to navigating clinico-legal dilemmas. This edition addresses crucial recent developments including new federal rules protecting patients' privacy, regulations minimizing use of seclusion and restraint, liability risks associated with newer psychiatric medications, malpractice risks in forensic psychiatry, and new structured assessment tools for violence risk, suicidality, and decisional capacity.

Thoroughly updated for its Fourth Edition, this award-winning handbook gives mental health professionals authoritative guidance on how the law affects their clinical practice. Each chapter presents case examples of legal issues that arise in practice, clearly explains the governing legal rules, their rationale, and their clinical impact, and offers concrete action guides to navigating clinico-legal dilemmas. This edition addresses crucial recent developments including new federal rules protecting patients' privacy, regulations minimizing use of seclusion and restraint, liability risks associated with newer psychiatric medications, malpractice risks in forensic psychiatry, and new structured assessment tools for violence risk, suicidality, and decisional capacity.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: The fourth edition of this well-known book addresses the relevant changes in the clinical practice of psychiatry as they relate to the law and recent legal decisions guiding the care of mental health patients.
Purpose: The authors suggest this update be used as a reference for assisting clinicians "from all disciplines and from every level of training" in responding "to the questions, both complex and mundane, that develop in the customary course of practice." They also hope it will be a worthy review for the forensic psychiatry section of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Board Examination.
Audience: Primarily geared toward professionals in the area of mental health or jurisprudence, this book might also be useful for less experienced readers interested in learning about these complex and fascinating topics.
Features: Divided into eight chapters, each addressing significant and relevant subjects in the interaction between psychiatry and the judicial system, this book has some interesting features, such as case examples, pitfalls faced by clinicians, epilogues for the case examples, and an "action guide" meant to provide an "operational summary of the chapter" in a "condensed, action-oriented framework." There are no diagrams, charts, or tables.
Assessment: This updated version is accurate and relevant. The authors are giants in the field, and their writing style is both informative and comfortable, allowing them to relate challenging concepts in a digestible format. The major drawbacks are the dense presentation of material, the relatively small font, and the somewhat confusing layout of the chapters, which seem to lack clear separation when transitioning topics. Nonetheless, this is a book worth having, as its owner will reference it repeatedly until the appearance of the next edition.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781778916
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 12/1/2006
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

How to Use This Book

CONFIDENTIALITY AND PRIVILEGE
Case Examples
Legal Issues
Clinical Issues
Pitfalls
Case Example Epilogues
Action Guide
Suggested Readings

LEGAL ISSUES IN EMERGENCY PSYCHIATRY
Case Examples
Legal Issues
Clinical Issues
Pitfalls
Case Example Epilogues
Action Guide
Suggested Readings

LEGAL ISSUES IN INPATIENT PSYCHIATRY
Case Examples
Legal Issues
Clinical Issues
Pitfalls
Case Example Epilogues
Action Guide
Suggested Readings

MALPRACTICE AND OTHER FORMS OF LIABILITY
Case Examples
Legal Issues
Clinical Issues
Pitfalls
Case Example Epilogues
Action Guide
Suggested Readings

COMPETENCE AND SUBSTITUTE DECISION MAKING
Case Examples
Legal Issues
Clinical Issues
Pitfalls
Case Example Epilogues
Action Guide
Suggested Readings

FORENSIC EVALUATIONS
Case Examples
Legal Issues
Clinical Issues
Pitfalls
Case Example Epilogues
Action Guide
Suggested Readings

CLINICIANS AND LAWYERS
Case Examples
Legal Issues
Clinical Issues
Pitfalls
Case Example Epilogues
Action Guide
Suggested Readings

THE CLINICIAN IN COURT
Case Examples
Legal Issues
Clinical Issues
Pitfalls
Case Example Epilogues
Action Guide
Suggested Readings

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