Year: 1982 Source: Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior, v.12, no.2, (1982), p.114-122 SIEC No: 19820084

Discusses the accepted standard of care in the treatment of suicidal patients from the perspectives of the law, malpractice insurance claims, the mental health professions & the ideal. Although attention to potential malpractice issues is necessary & appropriate, what appear to result are an acceptance of minimal standards & the practice of defensive care. It is argued that by demanding more optimal standards the consequent quality of care serves the patient better & provides legal action also.