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Medico-Legal Risk Associated with Pediatric Mental Health Telephone Consultation Programs.
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PMID:  23208290     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Clinicians providing consultation through mental health telephone consultation programs express concern about the potential legal risk of the practice. In this survey of six state mental health telephone consultation program directors, we report the annual number of children referred for consultation and the number of lawsuits against consultant clinicians. Between 2004 and 2010, 3,652 children per year were referred nationally, and there were no medical malpractice lawsuits against clinicians related to telephone consultation program activity. Although medico-legal risk is always present, the findings of this national study suggest the risk for clinicians providing mental health telephone consultation may be lower than perceived.
Authors:
Katherine Hobbs Knutson; Marlynn H Wei; John H Straus; Barry Sarvet; Bruce J Masek; Bradley D Stein
Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-4
Journal Detail:
Title:  Administration and policy in mental health     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1573-3289     ISO Abbreviation:  Adm Policy Ment Health     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-12-4     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8914574     Medline TA:  Adm Policy Ment Health     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital, 55 Fruit Street, Yawkey 6A, Boston, MA, 02114, USA, kknutson@partners.org.
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