The Clinician's Guide to Geriatric Forensic Evaluations provides practical hands-on guidance to clinicians who are providing forensic evaluations to geriatric patients. Each chapter opens with a case study and then highlights specific assessment techniques, best practices and common pitfalls to avoid. The topics of elder abuse and financial exploitation, mental and physical capacity, and individual risk factors are all covered in-depth. The key considerations in diagnosing neurocognitive disorders based on DSM-V are discussed, as are legal topics, such as report writing, providing a court testimony, and when to refer to an outside independent expert. In addition, samples of geriatric forensic reports are included.
- Outlines an array of geriatric assessment strategies that can be easily implemented
- Features dozens of case studies showing strategies in practice
- Discusses undue influence, competence and financial exploitation
- Covers ethical issues, report writing and diagnostic differences in the DSM-IV and DSM-V
1. How do Geriatric Forensic Evaluations Differ from General Adult Evaluations 2. DSM-5 Neurocognitive Disorders and Geriatric Forensic Evaluations 3. Criminal Questions in Geriatric Forensic Evaluations 4. Capacity/Competence Assessment and Geriatric Forensic Evaluations 5. Testamentary Capacity and Undue Influence in Geriatric Forensic Evaluations 6. Geriatric Forensic Evaluations for Elder Abuse and Financial Exploitation 7. Other Medicolegal and Ethical Issues in Geriatric Forensic Psychiatry 8. When to Refer to an Independent Expert in Geriatric Forensic Psychiatry 9. Report Writing and Court Testimony for Geriatric Forensic Evaluations 10. The Future of Geriatric Forensic Evaluations
Appendix 1. Sample Geriatric Forensic Reports 2. Summary of Assessment Techniques, Pitfalls, and Best Practices
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota. Dr. Reimers is a practicing clinician and Board Certified Psychiatrist in the USA and Canada, with special interests in geriatric psychiatry, forensic psychiatry/psychology, and addiction. She is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada. Her interest in geriatric forensic evaluations arose out of her clinical practice with elderly patients, after having been involved in decisions about capacity to consent to treatment, driving capacity, guardianship, and other medicolegal questions.