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Use of physical restraints remains a highly controversial topic. Even with proven efficacy in restraint usage across multiple settings, for years, investigators have debated whether or not the risks outweigh the benefits. There is a growing concern regarding restraints-related negative consequences. Although over the past two decades, with new regulations,(More)
Cognitive impairment is a core feature of schizophrenia. These deficits can also serve as an endophenotype for the illness in genetic studies. There is evidence that suggests that cognition can be considered a reasonable target for intervention in both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. One of the most studied genetic phenotypes for psychosis is(More)
Restraint use in psychiatry has been a topic of clinical and ethical debate for years. As much as the medical community desires to attain the goal of a restraint-free environment, there are not many alternatives available when it comes to protecting the safety of violent patients and those around them. Our objective was to examine patterns of restraint use(More)
OBJECTIVE The authors sought to assess the documentation of suicide risk assessments performed by psychiatry residents in a psychiatric emergency service (PES) and to identify differences in documentation between previously used paper charts and a new electronic medical record (EMR) system based on the Columbia Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)-risk(More)
Few medicolegal doctrines have spread so widely and wildly as the Tarasoff duty of professionals to protect potential victims of violence perpetrated by psychiatric patients. Post-Tarasoff decisions have not been limited to identifiable third parties in danger, but in some circumstances have been extended to the community at large. Lipari v. Sears, Roebuck(More)
BACKGROUND In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy ravaged the East coast claiming 159 lives and destroying an estimated $65 billion in property. Overnight, hospitals still in operation, such as Maimonides Medical Center, were faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges in providing adequate health care services. OBJECTIVES This study had 3 goals: (1) to(More)
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