Liaison Psychiatry for every acute hospital: Integrated mental and physical healthcare. College Report 183

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Royal College of Psychiatrists, ; Eales, Sarah (2013)
  • Publisher: Royal College of Psychiatrists

Liaison psychiatry is a critical service that should be integral to all acute hospitals. Effective liaison psychiatry can reduce avoidable costs and ineffective or inappropriately located management of mental health problems by reduced length of stay, readmissions and investigations, and improved care of medically unexplained symptoms, dementia and long-term conditions. This report summarises the evidence, provides case examples and outlines key considerations required to set local standards.
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    There are several reports recommending core principles of services (Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, 2008; Joint Commissioning Panel for Mental Health, 2012; Parsonage et al, 2012; Royal College of Psychiatrists, 2013). Common themes include:

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    Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (2009) No Health Without Mental Health: The ALERT Summary Report. AOMRC.

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    Bolton J (2012) 'We've got another one for you!' Liaison psychiatry's experience of stigma towards patients with mental illness and mental health professionals. Psychiatrist, 36, 450-4.

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