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Psychiatric malpractice case analysis: striving for objectivity.
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PMID:  16844802     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Forensic psychiatrists, acting as expert witnesses, must be able to perform objective analyses of psychiatric malpractice cases. Accurate malpractice case analysis requires careful attention to relevant legal concepts and consideration of potential biasing influences. If forensic psychiatrists are to avoid a reliance on "experts policing experts," individual forensic psychiatrists must be fully prepared to police themselves by recognizing and avoiding certain errors in malpractice case analysis. Any effort to improve objectivity must include a clear understanding of the confounding variables. In this article, the authors discuss some potential impediments to objective analysis of malpractice cases such as the use of the wrong standard, causation, hindsight bias, and contributory negligence.
James Knoll; Joan Gerbasi
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Legal Cases    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law     Volume:  34     ISSN:  1093-6793     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Am. Acad. Psychiatry Law     Publication Date:  2006  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-07-17     Completed Date:  2006-12-13     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9708963     Medline TA:  J Am Acad Psychiatry Law     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  215-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
New Hampshire Department of Corrections, Division of Forensic and Medical Services, 105 Pleasant Street, 4th Floor, Concord, NH 03302, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Expert Testimony / legislation & jurisprudence
Forensic Psychiatry / legislation & jurisprudence*
Malpractice / legislation & jurisprudence*
Mental Disorders / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  psychology
United States

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