Letters Risk in psychiatry

Obsessive risk management is detrimental to patient care

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1530 (Published 19 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1530
  1. Aashish Tagore, specialist registrar in psychiatry1
  1. 1Mersey Deanery, Liverpool L3 4BL, UK
  1. [email protected]

As a practising psychiatrist with more than 10 years’ experience, I have seen a shift towards increased emphasis on risk management.1 Although risk assessment and management are undoubtedly crucial to psychiatric practice,1 we seem to be losing sight of treating the patient’s underlying mental illness and tend to focus almost exclusively on …

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