Year: 1994 Source: Bristol, PA: Taylor & Francis, 1994. p.179-194 SIEC No: 19940571

6 tasks form the basis of risk management when working with suicidal patients: understanding the legal perspectives of suicide; knowing the legal definition of negligence & the common causes of malpractice actions; knowledge about the duty to prevent suicide through the use of reasonable care & skill; & understanding assessment, intervention & postvention procedures. This chapter focuses on the first 3 tasks & briefly introduces the last 3. Summary guidelines are provided for clinicians.