Lifelines pp 229-230 | Cite as

Clinical Comment

  • Stephen C. Schoonover


Three implicit legal demands influence clinical decision making in the treatment of every suicidal patient. They are
  1. 1.

    predicting suicidal risk;

  2. 2.

    providing reasonable standards of care; and

  3. 3.

    assessing patient competency.



Suicidal Thought Suicidal Patient Legal Counsel Reasonable Care Reasonable Standard 

Copyright information

© Plenum Press, New York 1982

Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen C. Schoonover
    • 1
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolUSA

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