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

Dilip Ramchandani, Ruth M. Lamdan, Mary Alice O'Dowd, Robert Boland, Kevin Hails, Susan Ball, Barbara A. Schindler

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-355
Number of pages7
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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