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Legal issues 

Legal issues
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Legal issues
Author(s):

David Semple

and Roger Smyth

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198795551.003.0020
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date: 25 August 2019

Practising psychiatrists must be familiar with the laws in their country relating to mental health. Five broad areas of interest include common law as it relates to medical treatment decisions, the law in relation to incapable adults, regulations around the treatment of patients with a mental disorder, confidentiality, and criminal law in relation to mentally disordered offenders. This chapter, in conjunction with the chapter on forensic psychiatry, provides the background of Mental Health Acts across the British Isles.

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