|Title:||Inadequate Supervision of a Mental Health Provider and Improper Records Management for a Female Patient at the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Care System in California|
|City/State:||Los Angeles, CA
|VA Office:||Veterans Health Administration (VHA)
|Report Author:||Office of Healthcare Inspections
|Report Type:||Hotline Healthcare Inspection
The VA Office of Inspector General (OIG) conducted a healthcare inspection to assess allegations related to the mental health care of a female patient at the VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System (facility) in California, which included that a psychiatry physician resident (psychiatry trainee) was inappropriate during treatment discussions with the patient. The psychiatry trainee utilized a modality called Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Psychotherapy in which a therapist seeks to understand a patient’s interpersonal difficulties, intensify and challenge resistance, analyze transference, explore conflict, and work through unconscious issues.