Ancora sulla responsabilità in psichiatria

Author/s Pietro Pellegrini
Publishing Year 2010 Issue 2010/2 Language Italian
Pages 22 P. 207-228 File size 502 KB
DOI 10.3280/PU2010-002005
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Again on responsibility in psychiatry - After the sentence of Nov. 14, 2007 (no. 10795/2008) of the Italian Court, in which a psychiatrist was judged guilty of manslaughter because a patient committed homicide (see E. Pozzi, "A note on responsibility in psychiatric practice". Psicoterapia e Scienze Umane, 2008, XLII, 2: 219-223), several Italian psychiatrists reacted to defend their professional role. However, further psychiatrists, nurses, and even a general practitioner were sentenced guilty for homicides or suicides committed by patients; a psychiatrist was judged guilty because a patient, who was not coming to the clinic since several months, severely injured a young girl. Various legal suits are reviewed, the concept of "patient’s custody" and the role of guidelines and governmental recommendations are discussed. Psychiatry should inform and document, within a co-constructed therapeutic relationship, what is deemed appropriate, sharing risks and benefits, and implementing good practices within environmental safeguards.

Keywords: Forensic psychiatry, professional responsibility, custody of the patient, guidelines, clinical practice

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Pietro Pellegrini, Ancora sulla responsabilità in psichiatria in "PSICOTERAPIA E SCIENZE UMANE" 2/2010, pp 207-228, DOI: 10.3280/PU2010-002005