Title

Case reports: Publication standards in forensic psychiatry

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

1-1-2014

Journal

The journal of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law

Volume

42

Issue

3

Abstract

© 2014 American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. Psychiatrists who publish case reports are required to seek informed consent from their subjects on the basis of the ethics-related obligation to maintain patient confidentiality. Academic journals have developed editorial standards to fulfill this obligation. Forensic evaluations do not create a doctor-patient relationship in the traditional sense, and information obtained through a forensic evaluation may also be found in the public domain. This public exposure is particularly likely, given the development of open access publishing standards, online journals, and increasing professional involvement in social media. This article outlines the ethics of informed consent in published case reports for general and forensic psychiatry and offers recommendations for forensic case study publishing. The authors suggest changes in the current requirements stated in The Journal for publication of case reports.

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