Involuntary hospitalization: An issue for the consultation-liaison psychiatrist

Thomas Wise, Richard Berlin

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-44
Number of pages5
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1987
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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