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1st Edition

Helping the Helpers Not to Harm

ISBN 9781138011915
Published September 11, 2014 by Routledge
258 Pages

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Book Description

The authors of this controversial volume have collected case studies and observational accounts of caregivers for over 15 years. Iatrogenic harm is a serious and widespread problem that many have been reluctant to speak out about for fear of being blacklisted by their colleagues. In writing this book the authors hope to establish guidelines that will help caregivers to recognize and deal with potentially harmful behavior thereby improving the standards of care for all patients.

Table of Contents

Introduction. An Overview of Some Causative Factors. Some Typical Features of Iatrogenically Damaging Behavior. Professionals' Stereotypes, Premature Closure, and a Pre-planned Outcome. Adoption, Secrecy, and the Hidden Agenda. A Loss of Professional Objectivity. Kafka's World. The Difficulties of Preventing Iatrogenic Damage. Some Suggested Solutions. Adapting Techniques of Mental Health Consultation to Influence Unwelcoming Agencies. Involvement of Judges. Our Response to Some Critics. Helping the Victims of Iatrogenic Damage. Bibliography. Index.

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Gerald Caplan (Author) ,  Ruth B. Caplan (Author)


"The authors of this book are to be commended for addressing the oft taboo topic of unintended harm to the very individuals we seek to help. Ruth and Gerald Caplan have done a service by addressing this subject. This is a work which would be of interest to many professionals who interface with child protective services." -- Psychiatric Services