Legal Aspects of Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry

  • Kelli Columbo
  • Mike Kelly
  • Leah McGowan


An essential component of inpatient geriatric psychiatry is an understanding of the legal frameworks set up to preserve autonomy, facilitate essential and ethical medical care, and protect vulnerable geriatric patients from exploitation. This chapter reviews the legal issues which can arise for geriatric patients who are hospitalized for psychiatric conditions. It provides assessment strategies to help clinicians serve the best interest of their patients.


Forensic geriatric psychiatry Capacity Competency 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kelli Columbo
    • 1
  • Mike Kelly
    • 2
    • 3
  • Leah McGowan
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesStanford University, School of MedicineStanfordUSA
  2. 2.Coalinga State HospitalCoalingaUSA
  3. 3.San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery ServicesSan MateoUSA
  4. 4.Robin, Ferguson & Kempton LLPMenlo ParkUSA

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