Medico-legal risk associated with pediatric mental health telephone consultation programs.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Clinicians providing consultation through mental health telephone consultation programs express concern about the potential legal risk of the practice. In this survey of six state mental health telephone consultation program directors, we report the annual number of children referred for consultation and the number of lawsuits against consultant clinicians. Between 2004 and 2010, 3,652 children per year were referred nationally, and there were no medical malpractice lawsuits against clinicians related to telephone consultation program activity. Although medico-legal risk is always present, the findings of this national study suggest the risk for clinicians providing mental health telephone consultation may be lower than perceived.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hobbs Knutson, K; Wei, MH; Straus, JH; Sarvet, B; Masek, BJ; Stein, BD

Published Date

  • March 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 41 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 215 - 219

PubMed ID

  • 23208290

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3289

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10488-012-0448-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States