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Liaison mental health services 

Liaison mental health services
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Liaison mental health services
Author(s):

Sarah Eales

, Sarah Eales

, Sarah Eales

, Sarah Eales

, Sarah Eales

, and Sarah Eales

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198703853.003.0015
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date: 09 May 2021

This chapter describes the importance of liaison mental health services (LMHS) in acute healthcare settings as a means of ensuring that mental health and well-being are addressed alongside acute and/or long-term physical problems. People living with long-term physical conditions often experience mental health problems, and conversely people living with mental health problems often experience serious physical health problems. Thus there is a need to ensure that any mental health problems of people using physical health services are identified and not left untreated, and also that the physical problems of those using mental healthcare services are identified and addressed. This chapter describes the value of LHMS, the process of LMHS provision, competencies for liaison mental health nursing, and how to work with specific physical and psychosomatic disorders. The contribution of LMHS to the provision of integrated healthcare is also considered.

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