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date: 07 March 2021

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The Oxford Handbook of Psychiatric Ethics is the most comprehensive treatment of the field in history. The editors briefly describe the goals, scope, and organization of the book. Major themes and the state of the field in the twenty-first century are then addressed. Psychiatric ethics is an excellent framework to examine social changes in psychiatry over the past 25 years. These include multiculturalism and its associated diversity of values; the transition to the digital era with new demands on confidentiality, clinical boundaries, and privacy; the empowerment of psychiatric service users as full participants and co-producers of care; the development of new technologies of assessment and treatment, varying in their invasiveness and risk; the recognition of expanded social roles for psychiatrists, and the associated virtues of psychiatric citizenship; and the development of new practice models, settings, participants, and oversight—representing profound challenges and opportunities for the ethical practice of psychiatry.

Keywords: psychiatry, psychiatrists, ethics, mental health ethics, professional ethics, social change, social roles, mental illness, service users

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