Virtual Mentor. October 2003, Volume 5, Number 10.
Test Questions: Psychiatry
October 2003, Volume 5, Number 10
1. When a court subpoenas patient records in a child custody case, the American Psychiatric Association encourages the psychiatrist to:
A. Obtain the patient's permission to discuss the request with his or her attorney.
2. The following are reasonable arguments for not coercing defendants in criminal cases who have severe mentally disorders to take psychotropic drugs:
A. Convicted criminals can be punished in the US whether or not they are judged competent to adequately understand and participate in the criminal proceeding against them.
3. Psychiatrists often face the ethical dilemma of protecting the confidentiality of their patients versus cooperating with third parties or the state to protect others.
4. Over the last 50 years, interest in psychiatry as a career specialty among US medical students has:
5. According to a policy forum article in this issue, inequality between reimbursement for treatment for mental illness and treatment for physical illness:
A. Is present in only about 8 percent of insurance plans.
6. Outpatient commitment:
A. Is a voluntary program for helping individuals with mental illness without confining them to hospitals or institutions.
7. In prescribing psychotropic drugs for adolescents, psychiatrists are concerned about:
A. "Medicalizing" feelings that are a normal part of adolescent maturation.
8. Psychiatrists who are consulted to help decide issues of involuntary hospital admission must first determine competency. With patients whom they judge to be competent, psychiatrists should respect a refusal to be hospitalized, even when the decision appears to be irrational and life-threatening.
9. A physician's right to breach patient confidentiality when the patient threatens imminent harm to an identifiable third party:
A. Has been acknowledged by legislation in 23 states.
10. The proponents and opponents of electroconvulsive therapy for treating severe depression that is intractable to other therapies disagree about:
A. ECT's safety and side effects.
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