Dating service mental patients

It is important to evaluate the patient’s state of mind and understanding.

If you think the patient is unable to make an informed decision, you may need to attempt to follow-up with the patient or involved members of the patient’s support network.

In areas where it may difficult to find another psychiatrist, it may be appropriate to give longer notice.DO provide the patient with a specific termination date after which you will no longer be available.Comment: Although you are ethically and legally obligated to give notice and assist in finding alternative treatment, if for some reason (including the patient’s unwillingness to cooperate) this is not possible, you are not required to continue treating a patient indefinitely.DO discuss fees and payment schedules with the patient at the outset of treatment.DO find a way to accommodate the patient’s limited resources or terminate treatment appropriately if a patient becomes unable or unwilling to pay for necessary -not optimum- treatment.

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