Utilizing a systematic methodology (The Consultation-Liaision Outcome Evaluation System), the compliance of nonpsychiatric consultations within a general hospital psychiatric unit staffed by private practitioners was assessed. Thirty-one percent of the patients received such consultations and these patients had a longer length of stay than those without a consultation. Psychiatrists were generally compliant with both medication and diagnostic recommendations; but in only half the discharge summaries was the consultant's primary medical diagnosis fully reflected. The implications of these data are discussed.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health