Utilization of Psychiatric Consultation for Elderly Patients

PETER RABINS, MARK TEITELBAUM, SHARON REYNOLDS MARK, MARSHAL FOLSTEIN

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Abstract

Six hundred fifty‐one psychiatric consultations performed during a one‐year period were reviewed retrospectively. Cognitive impairment was present in 54 per cent and depression in 27 per cent of the elderly patients in the population studied. A second study of the point prevalence of cognitive and emotional disorders in the hospital was carried out using the Mini‐Mental State Exam and the General Health Questionnaire. Emotional disorders had similar prevalences in all age groups but cognitive disorders were more common in the elderly. Twenty‐one per cent of consultations were done on patients over the age of 60, although elderly patients occupied 28.5 per cent of hospital beds. Thus, elderly patients were less often referred for psychiatric consultation than younger patients, although the incidence of psychiatric disorders increases with age. 1983 The American Geriatrics Society

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)581-585
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the American Geriatrics Society
Volume31
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology

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