First do no harm?:what role should considerations of potential harm play in revising the D.S.M.?

Cooper, Rachel (2016) First do no harm?:what role should considerations of potential harm play in revising the D.S.M.? Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, 23 (2). pp. 103-113. ISSN 1071-6076

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Abstract

Guidelines for revisions to D.S.M.-5 asked those proposing changes to consider potential harms to patients. This has been controversial. This paper argues that seeking to do no harm is appropriate when constructing a scientific classification scheme. I show that in many cases considerations of harm avoidance can play a role in influencing the design of the D.S.M. without the pursuit of scientific knowledge being compromised. I then turn to cases where compromise is required. Through a consideration of cases where lying is required to save lives I suggest that it is widely accepted that harm-avoidance can trump truth-telling. In extreme circumstances a psychiatric classification might thus set out to mislead in order to prevent harm.

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Journal Article
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Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology
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Copyright © 2016 The Johns Hopkins University Press. This article first appeared in Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology, Volume 23, Issue 2, June 2016, pages 103-113.
Uncontrolled Keywords:
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76424
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Deposited On:
30 Oct 2015 09:08
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Yes
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Published
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