Other psychiatric consultations are directed toward the resolution
of specific legal, administrative, or other nonclinical questions.
While the details of these evaluations, such as forensic evaluations,
child custody evaluations, and disability evaluations, are beyond
the scope of this guideline, several general principles apply. First,
the evaluee usually is not the psychiatrist's patient,
and there are limits to confidentiality implicit in the aims of
the evaluation; accordingly, the aims of the evaluation and the
scope of disclosure should be addressed with the evaluee at the
start of the interview (38, 39). Second, questions about the evaluee's
legal status and legal representation should be resolved before
the assessment begins, if possible. Third, many such consultations
rely heavily, or even entirely, on documentary evidence or data
from collateral sources. The quality and potential biases of such
data should be taken into account.