Ethical Issues in Forensic Psychiatry

  • Paul Cosyns


Forensic psychiatrists have the duty to provide appropriate care to mentally disordered offenders or prisoners, i.e., care comparable to those provided in regular psychiatric facilities. The psychiatrist can never disclose information of a competent patient without his consent, but exceptionally it may be necessary to protect third parties. The psychiatrist expert witness in court serves the best interest of the legal system and must inform the examinee that the confidentiality rule is not applicable in this context. Reduce as much as possible the need for coercive interventions or treatments in psychiatry.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Cosyns
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  1. 1.Faculty of Medicine and Health SciencesCollaborative Antwerp Psychiatric Research Institute (CAPRI), Antwerp University Hospital, University Forensic Centre (UFC) and University of AntwerpEdegem/WilrijkBelgium

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