Avoiding Dual-Agency Pitfalls of Work-Related Neuropsychiatric Impairments
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What Our Workshop is About:
Both managed health care restrictions on care and employment related demands of third parties for forensic evaluations increase the risk to the treating clinician of being placed in potential conflict of interest situations by their demanding forensic evaluations. When asked to undertake a forensic evaluation, the treating psychiatrist may avoid potential dual agency pitfalls by facilitating referral for an independent forensic psychiatric evaluation of their patient. We will explore setting of care factors that both forensic and general psychiatrists need to be aware of when providing comprehensive work related claim evaluations. Models for forensic psychiatric analysis and opinion formulation will be presented which include an evaluation of whether and how care restrictions have played a role or substantially influenced the prior treatment history, current presentation and impairment of the claimant, recommendations for treatment alternatives and prognosis.