Year: 2003 Source: Current Psychiatry, v.2, no.12, (December 2003), p.17-18, 20-21, 24, 27, 29, 33-34 SIEC No: 20080158

This article offers general recommendations – not legal advice – based on court decisions & other evidence for managing traditional risks such as patient violence, suicide, adverse drug reactions, sex with patients, faulty termination of treatment, & supervisory & consultative relationships. Newer risks such as recovered memories, off-label prescribing, practice guidelines, & e-mail & confidentiality are also discussed. The 3 habits clinicians should cultivate are: keeping thorough medical records, communicating freely with patients, & seeking consultation as needed. (23 refs.)