Concise Guide to Psychiatry and the Law for Clinicians

Concise Guide to Psychiatry and the Law for Clinicians

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This volume equips psychiatrists, psychiatric residents and other mental health care professionals with a thorough overview of the clinical management of legal issues in psychiatry. The author encourages psychiatrists to transform the law from adversary to working partners, a partnership that can be turned to clinical account for the benefit of patients. Beginning with an overview of clinical psychiatry and the law, this pocket guide covers every essential aspect of how law affects the practise of contemporary psychiatry: the doctor-patient relationship, confidentiality and testimonial privilege, informed consent and the right to refuse treatment, psychiatric treatment, seclusion and restraint, involuntary hospitalization, the suicidal patient, the potentially violent patient, and therapist-patient sex.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 109.2 x 166.6 x 20.1mm | 278.68g
  • American Psychiatric Press Inc.
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • 3rd Revised edition
  • glossary, index
  • 1585620246
  • 9781585620241

Table of contents

Clinical psychiatry and the law. The doctor-patient relationship. Confidentiality and testimonial privilege. Informed consent and the right to refuse treatment. Psychiatric treatment. Seclusion and restraint. Involuntary hospitalization. The suicidal patient. The potentially violent patient. Therapist-patient sex: maintaining boundaries. Suggested readings. Glossary of legal terms. Index.
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Review quote

"In a pocket-sized, fully updated edition of a classic book, Dr. Simon, one of the giants of the medicolegal field, strikes all the right notes to promote clinically based risk management, avoidance of defensive practice, and preservation of the enjoyment of clinical work. Sleeping easier is only one of the benefits of this essential book." - Thomas G. Gutheil, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, President, American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
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