The clinical activities of professionals in the general hospital often encompass aspects of legal decision-making. These decisions involve therapeutic actions towards patients, performed in the context of statutes, regulations and judicial rulings in various jurisdictions. Clinicians are, in fact, making such decisions, many of which have profound legal and ethical implications, without sufficient background in these areas. The principal purpose of this book is to present relevant background material on these matters so that clinicians can make better informed decisions.
Table of Contents
Partial table of contents: BASIC PRINCIPLES. The de facto Magistrate: Psycholegal Decision Making in Clinical Practice (D. Marlowe). Ethics and Decision Making in Psychiatric Practice in General Hospitals (R. Macklin). PSYCHIATRIC EMERGENCY AND INPATIENT SERVICES. Emergency Room Psychiatric Care in the General Hospital: Major Psychiatric-Legal Considerations (S. Travin). Retention and Treatment Issues on the Psychiatric Inpatient Unit (S. Rachlin). OUTPATIENT SERVICES. Forensic Problems Encountered in the Practice of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (R. Vela, et al.). Ethical and Forensic Considerations in Substance Abuse Treatment (H. Lee & H. Bluestone). SPECIAL CATEGORIES. AIDS and Psychiatry in the General Hospital: Legal and Ethical Dilemmas (G. Upadhya & H. Bluestone). Child Abuse Reporting in the General Hospital (L. Cahill, et al.). Indexes.