The misperceived duty to report patients' past crimes.

M. J. Goldman and T. G. Gutheil,
Bull. Amer. Acad. Psychiatry & the Law 22(3): 407-10, 1994.
A questionnaire survey revealed that a number of mental health professionals believed that they had a duty to report a hypothetical patient's past criminal act. The authors examine the legal context of this misperceived reporting duty and discuss its implications for training and practice.