Clinical Psychiatry and the Law / Edition 2

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Updates to this edition: • Clinical and legal issues in the use of clozapine in treatment of schizophrenia• Clinical information and new cases involving tardive dyskinesia• Changes in civil and criminal law regarding right to refuse treatment• An update of clinical guidelines and legal regulations of ECT• An update on suicide risk assessment and new legal cases involving suicide• An update on violence risk assessment and new legal cases involving the duty to protect endangered third parties• New statutes and criminal sanctions regarding sexual misconduct • New statutes limiting the liability of therapists toward third parties who are injured or killed by patients• Changes in the relationship between psychiatrists and nonmedical therapists• Regulatory developments regarding physician impairment• Numerous tables and an updated glossary of legal terms• New section on common terms and abbreviations in legal citations

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"New to this edition is clinical information & new cases involving tradive dyskinesia, an update on suicide risk assessment, & an updated glossary of legal terms."

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New edition of a thorough guide to legal issues pertaining to the psychiatrist-patient relationship, patient rights, somatic therapies, violent patients, and negligent treatment. Also includes discussion of the psychiatrist's professional relationship with nonmedical therapists, defamation in clinical practice, the impaired psychiatrist, and coping with malpractice litigation. Appendices comprise the principles of medical ethics with annotations applicable to psychiatry, sample forms, a glossary of legal terms, and a listing of common abbreviations and terms used in legal citations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585621675
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/14/2003
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 688
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.25 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert I. Simon, M.D., is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Director of the Program in Psychiatry and Law at Georgetown University School of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

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Table of Contents

The Psychiatrist-Patient Relationship. Creation of the psychiatrist-patient relationship. The psychiatrist as a fiduciary: avoiding the double agent role. The unduly defensive psychiatrist and the provision of substandard care. Confidentiality in clinical practice. Protecting the confidentiality of the clinical record: a life-and-death matter. Patient Rights. The right to refuse treatment and the therapeutic alliance. Informed consent: maintaining a clinical perspective. Involuntary hospitalization: patient rights and professional duties. Somatic Therapies. Drug therapy and the varieties of legal liability. Tardive dyskinesia: reducing legal liability through risk-benefit analysis. Electroconvulsive therapy and the acutely psychotic, nonconsenting patient. Violent Patients. Clinical risk management of the suicidal patient. Clinical approaches to the duty to warn and protect endangered third persons. Preventing the premature release of dangerous patients. Restraint, seclusion, and the least-restrictive alternative. Negligent Treatment. Negligent psychotherapy: maintaining treatment boundaries with the borderline patient. Undue familiarity: the sexual misconduct of psychotherapists. Abandonment and the psychiatrist's duty to care for the patient. Radical therapies and intentional torts. The legal consequences of outrageous behavior toward patients. The Psychiatrist. The psychiatrist's professional relationship with nonmedical therapists. Defamation in clinical practice. The impaired psychiatrist. The psychiatrist must survive: understanding and coping with malpractice litigation. Epilogue: We are belegaled. Appendix 1: Principles of Medical Ethics With Annotations Especially Applicable to Psychiatry. Appendix 2: Sample forms. Appendix 3: Glossary of legal terms. Appendix 4: Common abbreviations and terms used in legal citations. Table of cases. Index.

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