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Lefer, J. (2015). Informed Consent to Psychoanalysis: The Law, the Theory, and the Data, by Elyn R. Saks and Shahrokh Golshan, Fordham University Press, New York, 2013, 127 pp., $75.00.. Psychodyn. Psych., 43(1):160-162.

(2015). Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 43(1):160-162

Informed Consent to Psychoanalysis: The Law, the Theory, and the Data, by Elyn R. Saks and Shahrokh Golshan, Fordham University Press, New York, 2013, 127 pp., $75.00.

Review by:
Jay Lefer, M.D.

How many know about the law of Informed Consent (IC) in psychoanalysis? Before surgery, consent is given in writing. The growth of malpractice suits in the United States continues, along with higher insurance rates. This is quite different from European countries.

The American Psychoanalytic Association Ethics Code prescribes “mutuality and Informed Consent” and the “patient should be made aware of the nature of psychoanalysis.”

The authors of this study, Saks, a lawyer, and Golshan, a biostatistician, sent questionnaires to practicing psychoanalysts in order to discover how they responded to the law of IC. The questions covered objective and subjective areas of treatment.

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