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Master Thesis

Responsabilité médicale et psychiatrie

Abstract : Recent and newsworthy trials, such as Dr. Canarelli’s, have generated concerns about fear of lawsuits against psychiatrists. A review of data from the international literature on complaints and convictions shows that the frequency of professional complaints against psychiatrists is lower than in other medical specialties. Most of the studies range psychiatry among the lowest risk prosecution specialties and it is even probably the less concerned, both in the United States than in France or Spain. These data are relatively constant since the 80s The most frequent kind of claim recorded seems to be linked to failure to prevent suicide or consecutive injury of a suicide attempt. If civil proceedings are rare in psychiatry, it seems however that psychiatrists are more concerned with disciplinary actions, no doubt this is it related to the specificities of the profession; cases involving sex with a patient, or inappropriate conduct are the main mobile of disciplinary action, followed in France, by drafting of certificates constituting interference in family affairs. The training of psychiatrists seems to be the best method of improving the knowledge of the potential risks of liability commitment; a better understanding of the issue can help reduce the fear of a hypothetical threat of litigation and prevent the spread of defensive behaviours.
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Olivia Henri. Responsabilité médicale et psychiatrie. Médecine humaine et pathologie. 2015. ⟨dumas-01216667⟩



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