The Clinician's Guide to Geriatric Forensic Evaluations

The Clinician's Guide to Geriatric Forensic Evaluations

1st Edition - June 15, 2019

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  • Author: Karen Reimers
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128150351
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128150344

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The Clinician's Guide to Geriatric Forensic Evaluations provides practical guidance to clinicians performing forensic evaluations on older adults. The book begins with how geriatric forensic evaluations differ from those done on non-geriatric adults. DSM-5 criteria for neurocognitive disorders are discussed and differentiated from the previous criteria in DSM-IV. Coverage includes assessing decision-making capacity/competence and evaluating undue influence, elder abuse, and financial exploitation. Each chapter opens with a case study and then highlights specific assessment techniques, best practices, and common pitfalls to avoid. The book additionally covers forensic report writing, court testimony, and when to refer to an outside independent expert. Samples of geriatric forensic reports are provided.

Key Features

  • Provides practical information on performing geriatric forensic evaluations
  • Identifies DSM-5 criteria for neurocognitive disorders
  • Includes assessing decision-making capacity/competence, undue influence, elder abuse, and financial exploitation
  • Features assessment strategies, case studies, best practices, and pitfalls to avoid
  • Advises on report writing and court testimony


Mental health clinicians including forensic psychologists/psychiatrists, geriatric psychologists/psychiatrists; secondary audience includes academic, advanced undergrad and grad students, and MDs who make capacity determinations as part of their clinical practice

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction to geriatric forensic evaluations
    2. Ethical and legal issues
    3. Evaluation of cognitive impairment
    4. Evaluation of decision-making capacity and guardianship
    5. Evaluation of elder abuse and financial exploitation
    6. Geriatric forensic report writing and testimony
    7. Afterword

    2: Sample Report: Competency to Stand Trial (CST)
    3: Clinician’s Guide to the Geriatric Forensic Interview
    4: Montreal Cognitive Assessment

Product details

  • No. of pages: 278
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Academic Press 2019
  • Published: June 15, 2019
  • Imprint: Academic Press
  • eBook ISBN: 9780128150351
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780128150344

About the Author

Karen Reimers

Karen Reimers, MD, FRCPC, is board certified in psychiatry in the United States and Canada. She is an adjunct assistant professor of psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Reimers is active in clinical, teaching, and consulting roles and is an expert witness for contested wills and trusts, cognitive impairment, and undue influence. 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.

Affiliations and Expertise

Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Minnesota, United States

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