Understanding the risks associated with practicing in an outpatient behavioral health care environment can go a long way toward avoiding a medical malpractice lawsuit or licensing board complaint. While psychiatry is one of the least sued medical specialties, the risk is not zero.
Below are some points that psychiatrists should consider while treating their patients.
Determine decision-making authority prior to treating a minor or releasing records.
While these questions are just some of the areas of vulnerability to consider, addressing these types of questions can go a long way to avoiding risk and assisting in one’s own defense if a malpractice claim or licensing board complaint is brought. ■
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