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Clinicians in the Legal System: Records, Requests for Information, and Testimony 

Clinicians in the Legal System: Records, Requests for Information, and Testimony
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Clinicians in the Legal System: Records, Requests for Information, and Testimony
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Ronald Schouten

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10.1093/med/9780199387106.003.0016
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date: 21 September 2018

The first 15 chapters of this book have described, and hopefully simplified, the major legal issues that are inherent in the practice of the mental health professions. However, there are a number of important issues that do not fit neatly into the preceding chapters and do not require a full chapter themselves, but are important to the clinician because they are so common and can cause considerable consternation. These issues, covered in this chapter, include record keeping, requests for release of information in a variety of contexts, patients’ requests for evaluation of fitness to return to work or carry firearms, and testimony at depositions and trials.

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