The powerlessness of a psychiatrist against the administrative system on the example of a patient with organic hallucinosis – a case report
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Pomeranian Medical University
Krzysztof Szczygieł   

Pomeranian Medical University
Submission date: 2020-06-23
Final revision date: 2020-08-24
Acceptance date: 2020-08-28
Online publication date: 2021-04-02
Publication date: 2021-04-02
Arch Psych Psych 2021;23(1):52–56
Psychiatry is a unique area of medicine where the doctor, holistically caring for the patient, often comes across many administrative, juridical or social difficulties. They seem to be less common among other specializations of medicine, but still knowledge in the field of law is an indispensable part of the specialization training of young psychiatry entrants. The ability to apply it properly is particularly important and often necessary while dealing with a psychiatric patient. The purpose of this work is to illustrate such a juridical casus of the patient, previously hospitalized in various hospital wards as a result of being a victim of criminal battery, as well as to present the authentic juridical and social barriers, which a psychiatrist caring for chronically ill patients is obliged to break through. This case description also shows a review and depiction of legal acts and laws that have been applied. It calls attention to doctors’ helplessness in relation to the current administrative system, as well as raises the problem and powerlessness of hospital medical staff caring for chronically mentally ill patients, who must be provided care regardless of inefficiency of social care system. Moreover, this work also points to the importance of the appropriate