Title

What, why, and how of consultation-liaison psychiatry. An analysis of the consultation process in the 1990s at five urban teaching hospitals.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

7-1-1997

Abstract

There is controversy about the role and function of a consultation-liaison (C-L) psychiatrist, as reflected in the ongoing debate about what to call ourselves. To clarify the essential elements of our function, the authors analyzed the process and content of the entire consultation experience from the time of initial consultation to the time of discharge in 50 patients across 5 urban teaching hospitals. The common components of the C-L process, in this pilot study, were identified to be facilitative, consensus-seeking, and interpretative. Implications of these findings for the C-L psychiatrist's role in the general hospital are discussed.

Publication Title

Psychosomatics

First Page

349

Last Page

355

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