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Self-referral admissions

  • Martin Gee (a1) and Nick Craddock (a2)
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Little is known about those patients who bypass their GP and self-refer directly to hospital. There have been studies of referrals to emergency clinics (Lim, 1983; Haw et al, 1987; Kehoe & Newton, 1990) and to community centres (Hutton, 1983; Boardman & Bouras, 1989). All these studies found that more men self-referred than women. Hutton (1985), Boardman & Bouras (1989) and Kehoe & Newton (1990) found that self-referrals often had a non-psychiatric precipitant and rarely required acute psychiatric intervention.

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Boardman, A. P. & Bouras, N. (1989) Self-referrals to a community psychiatric clinic. Psychiatric Bulletin, 13, 490492.
Haw, C., Lanceley, C. & Vickers, S. (1987) Patients at a psychiatric walk-in clinic – who, how, why and when. Bulletin of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, 11, 329382.
Hutton, F. (1985) Self-referrals to a community mental health centre: a three year study. British Journal of Psychiatry, 147, 540544.
Kehoe, R. F. & Newton, R. (1990) Do patients need a psychiatric emergency clinic? Psychiatric Bulletin, 14, 470472.
Lim, M. H. (1983) A psychiatric emergency clinic: a study of attendances over six months. British Journal of Psychiatry, 143, 460466.
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BJPsych Bulletin
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Self-referral admissions

  • Martin Gee (a1) and Nick Craddock (a2)
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