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Psychiatric Consultation in the Inpatient General Medical Setting 

Psychiatric Consultation in the Inpatient General Medical Setting
Psychiatric Consultation in the Inpatient General Medical Setting

Abhishek Jain

, Ann Louise DiBarry

, Priya Gopalan

, Pierre N. Azzam

, and Ellen M. Whyte

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date: 23 October 2020

Psychiatric consultation, albeit with varying models and styles, is an integral component of patient care in inpatient general medical settings. The consultant can prepare for the patient evaluation by clarifying the consultation request, establishing the psychiatric service’s role, reviewing relevant records, and understanding the care team’s immediate concerns. During the patient interview, psychiatric consultants may need to adapt to the medical setting and be mindful of time constraints, interruptions from other care providers, and the patient’s medical needs. Whether the psychiatric interview is a focused or comprehensive evaluation, the assessment typically includes relevant components of a cognitive evaluation, physical examination, and lethality assessment.

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