Concise Guide to Psychiatry for Law and Clinicians / Edition 3

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In recent years, we have seen an emergence of a malpractice epidemic and across-the-board increases in physician's insurance premiums, which indicate the growing impact of the law on medical care. The changing health care market leaves psychiatrists more vulnerable to legal suits.

The Concise Guide to Psychiatry and Law for Clinicians, Second Edition provides practical information for psychiatrists, psychiatry residents and other mental health professionals in understanding the legal regulation of psychiatric practice. This second edition covers recent legal decisions pertinent to psychiatry and present managed care applications. Plus, it covers:

  • The law related to psychopharmacology, electroconvulsive therapy, and psychotherapy. It also covers the issues surrounding suicidal patients, potentially violent patients and those requiring seclusion, restraint or involuntary hospitalization
  • The basics of malpractice litigation and malpractice claims in the managed care era
  • The legalities of the doctor-patient relationship, sexual misconduct issues, and patient termination
  • The issues of informed consent and right to refuse treatment, and the legal bounds of the doctor-patient confidentiality
  • The standard of reasonable care that all physicians, including psychiatrists, are legally held to
  • The clinician's duties, responsibilities, standard of care, and risk management techniques in managed care settings
Complete with references, suggested readings, a glossary of legal terms, an index, and numerous tables and charts, this user-friendly guide summarizes the legal issues facing psychiatrists.

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

The book contains no figures.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: 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.
Doodys Health Sciences Book Review Journal
This is an excellent handbook, both authoritative and concise .

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585620241
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 4.20 (h) x 0.80 (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

Introduction to the American Psychiatric Press Concise Guides
Preface to the Second Edition
1 Clinical Psychiatry and the Law 1
2 The Doctor-Patient Relationship 19
3 Confidentiality and Testimonial Privilege 41
4 Informed Consent and the Right to Refuse Treatment 63
5 Psychiatric Treatment 87
6 Seclusion and Restraint 109
7 Involuntary Hospitalization 121
8 The Suicidal Patient 139
9 The Potentially Violent Patient 165
10 Therapist-Patient Sex: Maintaining Boundaries 199
Suggested Readings 231
Glossary of Legal Terms 233
Index 239
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