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Liaison psychiatry in detection and management of mental illness

  • Margaret Semple (a1), David Brown (a2) and Elizabeth Irvine (a3)
Abstract

Of 299 referrals to the Dundee general psychiatry liaison service over a six month period, deliberate self-harm (DSH) was the reason in 83%. An overdose was used in 94%, and alcohol misuse occurred in 56% of DSH episodes. Fifty-two per cent of referrals were followed up by the general psychiatry service; 31% of these were admitted directly to a psychiatric ward, 10% on a compulsory basis. At follow-up, 23% remained in contact with the Dundee psychiatric service. Twenty-three per cent of all patients referred to the Area Alcohol Service (AAS) were in contact with it six months later. Clearly, liaison psychiatry has a role in detection and management of significant mental disorder.

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Margaret Semple, Consultant Psychiatrist, Hairmyres Hospital, East Kilbride G75 8RG
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Liaison psychiatry in detection and management of mental illness

  • Margaret Semple (a1), David Brown (a2) and Elizabeth Irvine (a3)
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