The decision to transfer a patient from a general hospital unit to a psychiatric unit is multifactorial. The most salient patient characteristics include the degree of dysfunctional behavior, the absence of social supports, and the presence of Axis II pathology. Severity of medical illness does not discriminate between the two groups. Awareness of these characteristics could aid physicians in formulating transfer decisions.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatry and Mental health