Data on initial psychiatric evaluations performed in 1995 were compared to assess whether psychiatric consultation for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) patients provided on-site in an infectious disease (ID) clinic improved compliance and were preferred by staff to evaluations performed in a specialized AIDS psychiatric program. Compliance with initial appointments remained below 50% in both settings, but more patients seen in the ID clinic had received prior psychiatric treatment and medication and they were more likely to receive a psychotropic prescription at this initial visit. The ID clinic staff preferred on-site consultations. Stationing psychiatric consultants in the ID clinic may reach a more impaired population but did not improve compliance with the initial visit.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Applied Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health