Table 1

Therapeutic Risk Management of Suicidal Patients: Objectives

Manage psychiatric-legal issues clinically, to the extent possible
Apply legally informed solutions to clinical-legal dilemmas
Support clinical care
Prevent injury or harm
Avoid harmful defensive practices
Avoid a malpractice suit or provide a legal defense, if sued
Seek consultation in difficult cases (“Never worry alone.”)
Treat the patient, not the record (document clinical decision-making rationale)