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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Diana Marta, BSN, RN (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: Litigation isn't just for lawyers anymore. Given that, it behooves all practitioners to be aware of the laws that govern their specialty. This is a concise reference on legal issues in psychiatry pertaining to all settings, from inpatient units and private practice, to outpatient clinics and consultation services.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide psychiatrists and other practitioners (residents, nurses, therapists) with an overview of legal issues that they must be aware of in their practice. It reinforces the idea that there is not only an ethical and professional responsibility to the patient to follow the law, but a moral one as well.
Audience: This book is intended for anyone who practices in a psychiatric setting to increase their appreciation and respect for, as well as their knowledge, of the law, especially in this age of litigation. The author is an MD and the director of a program in Psychiatry and Law at Georgetown University School of Medicine.
Features: This is a lab-coat pocket-sized reference on legal issues that come up in psychiatry, from confidentiality and managed care to the issues of restraint, commitment, and ethical practice. Since each state has its own set of laws, this book in not intended to describe exactly what to do in each situation. Instead, it is an overview of the variety of circumstances over which the law governs. Given that limitation, it is a good resource for both students and seasoned practitioners.
Assessment: Although this is not a book I would sit down and read cover to cover, it is an excellent reference on the many points of law that are essential to the practice of psychiatry but that can't be reasonably committed to memory. It is well organized and clearly written. And judging from the many changes that occur with most laws, it is likely a necessary update to previous editions.