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10 things all GPs and hospital doctors should know about psychiatry

Authors
Journal
Medicine
1357-3039
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
36
Issue
9
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.mpmed.2008.06.011
Keywords
  • Liaison Psychiatry
  • Medically Unexplained Physical Symptoms
  • Psychiatric Assessment
  • Psychotropic Medications
  • Self-Harm
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacology
  • Psychology

Abstract

Abstract Understanding the psychological contribution to physical illness presentations is an important part of patient management in a general hospital setting, particularly when managing patients with chronic physical or terminal illnesses. In the presence of psychiatric morbidity, one should assess risk, especially suicidal intent. Where psychiatric problems are complex, a referral to a psychiatric team should be initiated. One should be mindful of drug interactions when prescribing psychotropic medications. However, pharmacological treatments are not the only form of therapy in psychiatry, psychological approaches can be equally effective.

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