Table 2

Categories of Claims: Suicide Attempts or Completed Suicides

Failure to provide proper assessment and management in high volume patient settings
Failure to construct a comprehensive treatment plan
Failure to perform comprehensive suicide risk assessments
Failure to document suicide risk assessments
Failure to obtain past treatment records
Failure to hospitalize
Failure to make a rational diagnosis on the basis of the history and evaluation
  • Published, with permission, from Risk Management Issues in Psychiatric Practice. Component Workshop. American Psychiatric Association 155th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA, May 20, 2002. © Psychiatrists' Purchasing Group, Inc., 2002.