The Mental Health Practitioner and the Law: A Comprehensive Handbook / Edition 1

The Mental Health Practitioner and the Law: A Comprehensive Handbook / Edition 1

by Lawrence E. Lifson M.D., Robert I. Simon
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674697219

ISBN-13: 9780674697218

Pub. Date: 05/28/1998

Publisher: Harvard

"Could I be sued?" The exploding number of malpractice lawsuits in recent years has brought this question to the mind of every clinician---the conscientious as well as the negligent.

A unique and practical guide to clinical risk management, this book combines the expertise of mental health professionals, judges, attorneys, and insurance industry experts, to help

Overview

"Could I be sued?" The exploding number of malpractice lawsuits in recent years has brought this question to the mind of every clinician---the conscientious as well as the negligent.

A unique and practical guide to clinical risk management, this book combines the expertise of mental health professionals, judges, attorneys, and insurance industry experts, to help the clinician provide effective treatment while reducing the risk of legal liability. Wide-ranging, clinically based, and up to date, it will be a welcome guide for medical and surgical practitioners as well.

The first section gives clinicians a working knowledge of legal regulation in psychiatry and medicine, covering informed consent, documentation of patient care, and potential conflicts of interest. The second section identifies high-risk areas for lawsuits, including managing suicidal and violent patients, boundary violations, supervision issues, prescription of medications, liability in managed care settings, and treatment termination. The book concludes with a primer on clinical testimony in the courtroom.

The broad range of distinguished contributors to this volume will provide a survival guide to clinicians in the increasingly complex and rapidly changing world of health care.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674697218
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
05/28/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
116
Product dimensions:
6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction
Lawrence E. Lifson, M.D., and Robert I. Simon, M.D.

Liability Prevention

The Harvard Medical Practice Study
Troyen Brennan, M.D., J.D., MPH

Informed Consent
Marilyn Berner, J.D., LICSW

Liability Issues with Managed Care
James Hilliard, J.D.

Write Smarter, Not Longer
Marilyn Berner, J.D., LICSW

Child and Adolescent Therapy
Renee Tankenoff Brant, M.D., and Hon. Jonathan Brant

The Perspective of the Insurer
Peggy Berry Martin, M.Ed., A.R.M.

What Your Licencing Board Expects of You
Richard Waring, J.D.

Malpractice Minefields

Litigation Hot Spots in Clinical Practice
Robert I. Simon, M.D.

Supervisor, Supervisee, and Medical Backup
Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D.

The Violent Patient
James Beck, M.D., Ph.D., and Prudence Baxter, M.D.

The Suicidal Patient
Robert I. Simon, M.D.

Pitfalls of Prescribing Medications
James Hilliard, J.D.

Boundary Violations in Psychotherapy
Robert I. Simon, M.D.

Termination of Treatment with Troublesome Patients
James Hilliard, J.D.

The Clinician in Court: A Survival Guide

Witnesses, Depositions, and Trials
Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D.

Patients Who Sue and Clinicians Who Get Sued in the Managed Care Era
Harold J. Bursztajn, M.D., and Archie Brodsky, B.A.

The Wellsprings of Litigation
Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D.

Ethical and Effective Testimony after Daubert
Harold J. Bursztajn, M.D., and Archie Brodsky, B.A.

Suggestions for Expert Witnesses
Larry H. Strasburger, M.D.

Narrative Truth, Historical Truth, and Forensic Truth
Alan Scheflin, J.D., L.L.M.

The Perspective of the Plaintiffís Attorney
Clyde D. Bergstresser, J.D.

Listen to Your Lawyer
David Gould, J.D.

A View from the Bench
Hon. Kermit V. Lipez

Epilogue
Glen O. Gabbard, M.D.

Contributors

Index

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