Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk
Guidelines for Clinically Based Risk Management
By (author) Robert I. Simon
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Assessing and Managing Suicide Risk by Robert I. Simon
Book DescriptionPatient suicide is an unavoidable occupational hazard of psychiatric practice. Indeed, it is the rare clinician who does not struggle, even agonize, over the complex task of assessing and managing the risk of suicide in patients. Patient suicides account for the greatest number of malpractice suits filed against psychiatrists and for the greatest number of settlements and verdicts covered by professional liability insurers. In this book, written by a clinician for clinicians, Dr. Simon, an established expert in psychiatry and law, offers * A solid, easy-to-understand review of how medical malpractice law applies to patient suicides. He discusses the standards of care physicians must meet, the conditions associated with malpractice liability, and how best to minimize risks of litigation. * Extensive references to peer-reviewed literature on suicide and recent malpractice cases, including those triggered by patient suicides, which give insight into the latest developments in both the scientific community and the courts. * Much-needed practical advice, including advice on working with suicide risk assessments and suicide prevention contracts, on treating suicidal patients in various settings (outpatient, inpatient, collaborative, and emergency), and on coping with issues arising in the aftermath of a patient's suicide (documentation, confidentiality, and survivor care). * Clearly defined risk management guidelines that will help clinicians avoid litigation or establish a sound legal defense if sued for malpractice. * Numerous case examples that make the theoretical discussions and clinically based risk management guidelines that follow come alive. Rich in advice that draws on the author's more than 40 years of clinical experience, this book serves as an essential aid to clinicians.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9781585621705
(229mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Imprint: American Psychiatric Press Inc.
Publisher: American Psychiatric Association Publishing
Publish Date: 30-Sep-2003
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Robert I. Simon
American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Suicide Assessment and Management, Hardback (April 2012)
This new edition of Textbook of Suicide Assessment and Management follows the natural sequence of events in evaluating and treating patients: assessment, major mental disorders, treatment, treatment settings, special populations, special topics, prevention, and the aftermath of suicide.
Preventing Patient Suicide, Paperback (August 2010)
Provides the wisdom of the author's clinical experience, combined with the latest insights from the evidence-based psychiatric literature, to offer a cutting-edge survey of suicide prevention and management techniques. Dr. Simon provides a nuanced, empathic, yet pragmatic perspective on identifying, assessing, and managing the suicidal patient.
Study Guide to Forensic Psychiatry, Paperback (May 2010)» View all books by Robert I. Simon
Study Guide to Forensic Psychiatry is a question-and-answer companion that allows you to evaluate your mastery of the subject matter as you progress through The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Forensic Psychiatry, Second Edition.
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Author Biography - Robert I. Simon
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, DC, and Chairman of the Department of Psychiatry at Suburban Hospital in Bethesda, Maryland.
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