Title

Noncompliance in the treatment of endocarditis. The medical staff as co-conspirators.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

5-1988

Abstract

Intravenous drug abusers with endocarditis present difficult problems in both medical and psychiatric management. A retrospective chart survey revealed that eight of nine such patients with endocarditis signed out against medical advice before antibiotic therapy was completed. Reasons for premature discharge included the patient's underlying psychopathology as well as the emotional response of the staff to these patients. Understanding both of these factors may help to prevent these premature discharges.

Publication Title

General hospital psychiatry

First Page

197

Last Page

201

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