Sulla responsabilità in psichiatria

Author/s Pietro Pellegrini
Publishing Year 2008 Issue 2008/3
Language Italian Pages 6 P. 295-300 File size 89 KB
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On responsibility in Psychiatric practice - A psychiatrist was judged guilty of manslaughter because one of his patients committed homicide (see the contribution by Euro Pozzi A note on responsibility in psychiatric practice, in the section Discussions of Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane, 2008, 52, 2: 219-223). This sentence, that is unprecedented in the history of Italian jurisprudence, can have multiple consequences in Italian psychiatry, since it undermines the assumptions of Italian law no. 180/1978 on Psychiatric Reform. The danger of reintroducing a positivistic and pseudo-scientific psychiatry, based on supposed certainties that are in contrast with the complexities and uncertainties of community psychiatry, is discussed. A series of conflicts and irresolvable contradictions can be generated, and the outcome may be not only a defensive psychiatry and an increase of hospitalizations (without, incidentally, adequate facilities), but also an impossible psychiatry. In this context, a shared handling of risk-taking becomes an important aspect of psychiatric practice. [KEY WORDS: forensic psychiatry, dangerousness, psychiatrist’s responsibility, handling of risk-taking, community psychiatry]

Pietro Pellegrini, Sulla responsabilità in psichiatria in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 3/2008, pp 295-300, DOI: