Psychiatric Ethics in Late-Life Patients

Medicolegal and Forensic Aspects at the Interface of Mental Health

  • Meera Balasubramaniam
  • Aarti Gupta
  • Rajesh R. Tampi

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Ethical Aspects of Geriatric Psychiatry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Reiko Emtman, Jason Strauss
      Pages 3-20
    3. Sarah A. Kleinfeld, Rohini Mehta, Edward J. Wicht
      Pages 21-35
    4. Mary E. Camp, Alexander Cole
      Pages 37-51
    5. Oliver M. Glass, Larry Tune, Adriana P. Hermida
      Pages 53-66
    6. Jananie Kumaran, Rakin Hoq, Romika Dhar, Meera Balasubramaniam
      Pages 89-107
    7. Laura B. Dunn, Iuliana Predescu
      Pages 109-119
  3. Medicolegal Aspects of Geriatric Psychiatry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 121-121
    2. Aarti Gupta, Romika Dhar
      Pages 123-140
    3. Romika Dhar, Aarti Gupta
      Pages 141-152
    4. Nery A. Diaz, Reema D. Mehta
      Pages 153-164
    5. Mary Ellen Trail Ross, Katharine L. Thomas, Sabrina Pickens, Jennifer Bryan, Ali Abbas Asghar-Ali
      Pages 165-181
  4. Forensic Aspects of Geriatric Psychiatry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 183-183
    2. Monika Pietrzak, Jeremy Colley, Bipin Subedi
      Pages 203-217
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 239-246

About this book


This book offers a comprehensive view of ethical, medicolegal, and forensic issues common to aging psychiatric patients. Written by experts in the field, this volume includes assessments of each patient’s capacity to make decisions, live independently, manage finances, drive a vehicle, have sexual relations, and a wide array of other topics in the context of ethics and the law.  The text also discusses guardianship and care for patients who are no longer fit to handle their own care and the ethical dilemmas associated with these challenges.  Finally, the text covers aging adults in the criminal justice system from an epidemiological perspective—a problem that is steadily increasing in many nations, including the United States.

Psychiatric Ethics in Late-Life Patients is an excellent resource for all physicians navigating legal and ethical scenarios involving aging patients, including general, geriatric, and forensic psychiatrists, geriatricians, primary care providers, geriatric nurses, social workers, public health officials, and all others.


Competency assessment Guardianship and eldercare Aging in prison Elder abuse Advance care planning

Editors and affiliations

  • Meera Balasubramaniam
    • 1
  • Aarti Gupta
    • 2
  • Rajesh R. Tampi
    • 3
  1. 1.New York University School of MedicineNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Yale University School of MedicineNew HavenUSA
  3. 3.Yale School of MedicineNew HavenUSA

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