Literature on legal aspects of suicide prevention is reviewed to focus on fundamental issues of care.
The legal basis of liability is discussed in the context of risk assessment and risk management of suicidal patients.
The « four Ds » - duty, dereliction of duty, damages and direct causation - are illustrated.
Standards are described at three levels : of the profession, the court and the individual practitioner.
Risk assessment is often confused with prediction ; the latter is conceptually unsound, and while the former is more sound it is disappointingly imprecise.
Despite reliability problems, risk assessment and appropriate management are important, as life itself its involved.
Mots-clés Pascal : Législation, Prévention, Suicide, Evaluation, Risque, Pratique professionnelle, Personnel sanitaire, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Legislation, Prevention, Suicide, Evaluation, Risk, Professional practice, Health staff, Human
Notice produite par :
Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 95-0058384
Code Inist : 002B18C11. Création : 09/06/1995.