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Liaison psychiatry 

Liaison psychiatry
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Liaison psychiatry
Author(s):

David Semple

and Roger Smyth

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198795551.003.0018
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date: 20 August 2019

This chapter concerns liaison psychiatry and the assessment and management of psychiatric and psychological illnesses in the general medical population. It covers the 12 most common referral types, assessment of depressive and anxiety symptoms, psychotic symptoms and confusion, depression in physical illness, delirium, and management after self-harm. Focusing on capacity and consent, as well as differential diagnoses and potential management principles for medically unexplained symptoms, it covers the basis of working as a psychiatrist in a hospital.

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