Year: 1997 Source: Crisis, v.18, no.3, (1997), p.110-111 SIEC No: 19971285

An American psychotherapist discusses his thoughts & practice regarding home visits to at-risk patients who fail to keep appointments. For pragmatic reasons he does not do them, but believes they could be instructive, therapeutic & could provide great data for establishing better working hypotheses. His difficulty lies in straddling the threshold between respecting the patient’s right to reject voluntary treatment & the evaluation that a rejection may signal increased risk for self-harm.