Differential aspects of consultation-liaison psychiatry in a Saudi hospital. I: referral pattern and clinical indices
AbstractConsultation-liaison psychiatry has emerged as an important sub-specialty in the general hospital setting during recent years as a result of psychiatric acute wards moving into these hospitals. This has inspired the need for better structured research to establish its relevance and effectiveness. We, therefore, carried out a prospective cohort study at King Fahad General Hospital. We report the interaction of sociodemographic, clinical and diagnostic factors, time lag of referral and diagnostic ability of referring physicians. A total of 206 patients were referred over a period of 6 months. Sensitivity and specificity of the diagnostic skills of the referring doctors were found to be generally poor, particularly for anxiety
Al Hamad, A.M., Al Sawaf, M.H., Osman, A.A. & Ibrahim, I.S. (2006). Differential aspects of consultation-liaison psychiatry in a Saudi hospital. I: referral pattern and clinical indices. http://www.who.int/iris/handle/10665/117089
EMHJ - Eastern Mediterranean Health Journal, 12 (3-4), 316-323, 2006
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