The results of a questionnaire sent to 495 internists indicated that they would be more likely to request psychiatric consultations for their patients if they had access to psychiatrists who had completed consultation-liaison (C-L) fellowships. The attitudes of those internists initially highly reluctant to obtain psychiatric consultation were significantly more enhanced on learning about the specially trained C-L psychiatrists than were the attitudes of less reluctant internists. Examination of various sources of reluctance suggests that many internists have low confidence in the value of psychiatric consultations. Only 31% of the internists polled were aware of C-L fellowships.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
- Applied Psychology
- Psychiatry and Mental health