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Psychiatric presentations to an accident and emergency department

  • John Dunn (a1) and Renuka Fernando (a2)
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The nature, management and disposal of patients who present to casualty departments and receive psychiatric diagnoses by the assessing doctor are areas that have received scant attention by psychiatric researchers. The aim of this study was to analyse the records of such patients to see how they had been managed, in particular to document the degree of psychiatric intervention provided or offered, and to see what follow-up arrangements, if any, had been made.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Psychiatric presentations to an accident and emergency department

  • John Dunn (a1) and Renuka Fernando (a2)
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