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Title: Differential aspects of consultation-liaison psychiatry in a Saudi hospital. I: referral pattern and clinical indices
Authors: Al Hamad, A.M.
Al Sawaf, M.H.
Osman, A.A.
Ibrahim, I.S.
Issue Date: 2006
Language: English
Abstract: Consultation-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
Description: 316-323
Keywords: Psychiatry
Prospective Studies
Sensitivity and Specificity
Subject: Referral and Consultation
ISSN: 1020-3397
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