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Clinician Error/Mistakes Study

Posted by Mike Bourgon on Fri, Dec 21, 2007

I've just completed an examination of the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (“NAADAC”) Code of Ethics, the American Counseling Association (“ACA”) Code of Ethics, the Canadian Psychological Association (“CPA”) Code of Ethics for Psychologists., American Psychologist Association (“APA”), and the National Association of Social Workers (“NASW”) regarding unintentional clinician error or mistake.

This study compares and contrasts what each code provides or fails to provide in terms of direction. I also examined the current law on this issue from the perspective of health care malpractice claims.

These five codes are also reviewed against the backdrop of liability law to determine whether they are in fact relevant and if so how, and whether they provide guidance to the practitioner.