Responsibility of the therapist for the patients' actions (tarasoff rules): Position of the psychiatrists

Yuval Melamed, Yevgenia Or, Dimitri Rudinski, Shlomit Cohen, Marc Gelkopf, Arturo Lerner, Avi Bleich

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Background and aims: Patient confidentiality and the therapist's responsibility to society may present a challenge in the therapeutic relationship between the psychiatrist and the patient. We examined the attitudes of Israeli psychiatrists concerning the duty to warn and protect according to the Tarasoff Rule. Methods: Questionnaires to examine psychiatrists' opinions concerning the implementation of the Tarasoff Rule in Israel were sent to senior psychiatrists involved in forensic psychiatry for anonymous completion. Results: 108 (64%) questionnaires were returned. 61 (57%) replied that they encountered similar situations. Conclusions: Thorough understanding of the Tarasoff Rule, clarification of the patient's potential dangerousness, and timely deliberation of the issues will assist the therapist. Investigation of the medical consensus of senior physicians, as performed in our study, is also a point of reference for formulating an opinion.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-110
Number of pages4
JournalIsrael Journal of Psychiatry and Related Sciences
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


Dive into the research topics of 'Responsibility of the therapist for the patients' actions (tarasoff rules): Position of the psychiatrists'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this