Little has been written about the issue of involuntary hospitalization in consultation-liaison psychiatry. Nevertheless, patients frequently seen in medical and surgical settings may be judged to be a danger to themselves or others because of psychiatric disorders that cloud cognition, impair judgment, or modify insight, and judicial or administrative proceedings leading to involuntary commitment may be needed. The C-L psychiatrist will be the physician most knowledgeable about the concepts of involuntary hospitalization, competency and informed consent. Clinical examples illustrate issues that may arise.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health