The Interplay Between Forensic Psychiatry and Public Psychiatry

Reena Kapoor, Susan Parke, Charles C. Dike, Paul Amble, Nancy Anderson and Howard Zonana

in Yale Textbook of Public Psychiatry

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Published in print January 2016 | ISBN: 9780190214678
Published online January 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190214708 | DOI:
The Interplay Between Forensic Psychiatry and Public Psychiatry

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Forensic psychiatry is an integral part of public psychiatry because many historical developments in the latter half of the 20th century led the two disciplines to merge. Public psychiatrists now frequently engage in the treatment of forensic populations, both in hospital and community settings. These patients pose unique clinical and administrative challenges because their care is often complex and involves collaboration with criminal justice agencies (police, prisons and jails, courts, and probation/parole officers). In addition, all psychiatrists are well served by learning some key principles of forensic psychiatry, including risk assessment and management, because this knowledge can be applied in public-sector settings to improve patient care and minimize liability.

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Subjects: Psychiatry ; Public Health and Epidemiology

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