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 A. O'Dowd, Robert Boland, Kevin Hails, Susan Ball, Barbara A. Schindler

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-355
Number of pages7
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume38
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1997
Externally publishedYes

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What, why, and how of consultation-liaison psychiatry : An analysis of the consultation process in the 1990s at five urban teaching hospitals. / Ramchandani, Dilip; Lamdan, Ruth M.; O'Dowd, Mary A.; Boland, Robert; Hails, Kevin; Ball, Susan; Schindler, Barbara A.

In: Psychosomatics, Vol. 38, No. 4, 07.1997, p. 349-355.

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Ramchandani, D, Lamdan, RM, O'Dowd, MA, Boland, R, Hails, K, Ball, S & Schindler, BA 1997, 'What, why, and how of consultation-liaison psychiatry: An analysis of the consultation process in the 1990s at five urban teaching hospitals', Psychosomatics, vol. 38, no. 4, pp. 349-355.
Ramchandani, Dilip ; Lamdan, Ruth M. ; O'Dowd, Mary A. ; Boland, Robert ; Hails, Kevin ; Ball, Susan ; Schindler, Barbara A. / What, why, and how of consultation-liaison psychiatry : An analysis of the consultation process in the 1990s at five urban teaching hospitals. In: Psychosomatics. 1997 ; Vol. 38, No. 4. pp. 349-355.
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