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J Clin Ethics. 2018 Summer;29(2):93-99.

Psychiatric Diagnoses and Informed Consent.

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Forensic Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry, Boston Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts USA.


Although informed consent for treatment has become a cornerstone principle of psychiatric care, the process of diagnosis has remained largely in the hands of the physician alone. While the conferring of a psychiatric diagnosis has historically not been considered a form of medical intervention, the potential impact of a diagnosis for any particular patient may be substantial. This article explores the challenges involved in balancing respect for patients with the physician's duty of truth-telling and clinical accuracy.

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