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General medical care of long-stay psychiatric patients: a pilot study

  • Danny Allen (a1) and Sally Pugh-Williams
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Studies have shown that significant physical morbidity exist within psychiatric units (Honig et al, 1989), yet general medical care is often left in the hands of psychiatrists who may not always be the most appropriate people to deliver it (Colenda et al, 1988). The new general practice contract places certain obligations on the general practitioner (GP) with regard to his or her patients, especially the elderly, yet these provisions do not extend to many of our patients. Our study looks at four areas of health care and examines how they are delivered to long-stay patients in a district pyschiatric unit with no GP input.

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BJPsych Bulletin
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General medical care of long-stay psychiatric patients: a pilot study

  • Danny Allen (a1) and Sally Pugh-Williams
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