Suicide litigation : an Australian survey.
Social and legal attitudes towards suicide through history are described.
General medical malpractice trends internationally are portrayed before describing the survey.
The survey involved nineteen organisations - insurers and solicitors in the six Australian states - and obtained a 100% response rate.
Twenty cases of litigation regarding failure to prevent suicidal behaviour were described since 1972, suggesting that it is uncommon.
All but one case involved inpatients and in most instances hospitals were the defendants.
Failure to supervise was the leading basis of claims.
Most cases concerned non-fatal suicide attempts, usually with extensive injuries.
Mots-clés Pascal : Législation, Prévention, Suicide, Faute professionnelle, Personnel sanitaire, Enquête, Australie, Océanie, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Legislation, Prevention, Suicide, Malpractice, Health staff, Inquiry, Australia, Oceania, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0058383
Code Inist : 002B18C11. Création : 09/06/1995.