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A survey of liaison psychiatry services in the south-west of England

  • Alison Howe (a1), Julie Hendry (a2) and John Potokar (a3)
Abstract
Aims and Method

A postal survey was conducted to establish an overview of liaison psychiatry services in the south-west of England. Questionnaires were sent to all clinical directors of medicine, accident and emergency, and mental health in trusts which provide acute medical services.

Results

Thirty-six questionnaires were returned (77%), covering 17 out of 18 trusts providing acute services. Five trusts (28%) have a comprehensive dedicated liaison psychiatry service. A further six trusts (33%) have a service for deliberate self-harm only. Many respondents were critical of what they perceived to be an inadequate service. Five trusts had introduced a service in the 12 months preceding the survey.

Clinical Implications

An unmet need for liaison psychiatry services is clearly perceived across the south-west of England.

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A survey of liaison psychiatry services in the south-west of England

  • Alison Howe (a1), Julie Hendry (a2) and John Potokar (a3)
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