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General principles of forensic report writing.
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PMID:  11127629     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper is to provide an update of principles of forensic report writing, to guide and assist registrars, junior consultants and psychiatrists considering working within the forensic arena. METHOD: The literature was reviewed for information on principles of report writing from a variety of jurisdictions. Additionally, literature on medical ethics was examined. RESULT: Writing reports is a professional activity that most psychiatrists undertake at some point in their careers. The report represents the psychiatrist's professional opinion. It is important that information is accurate, relevant and ethical. In writing medico-legal reports, psychiatry deviates from traditional medical ethics. CONCLUSION: It is important that psychiatrists who write reports have a good understanding of the process and behave ethically and competently.
S H Allnutt; D Chaplow
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Australian and New Zealand journal of psychiatry     Volume:  34     ISSN:  0004-8674     ISO Abbreviation:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2000 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-12-20     Completed Date:  2001-02-22     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0111052     Medline TA:  Aust N Z J Psychiatry     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  980-7     Citation Subset:  IM    
Corrections Health, Matraville, New South Wales, Australia.
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Documentation / methods*
Ethics, Medical
Forensic Psychiatry*

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