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An adolescent psychiatric unit for difficult medical patients

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While the combined psychiatric and medical treatment of patients is highly desirable, such treatment of more complex medical patients in a psychiatric milieu has been difficult to accomplish. This paper describes the creation of and experience with a psychiatric unit for adolescents with both difficult medical and psychiatric problems. Useful aspects of the structure of such a unit are discussed, and case examples are presented.

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Correspondence to Clifford H. Siegel MD.

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The authors wish to thank Sandra Pipp, Gordon Farley and Robert Harmon for comments on previous drafts of this manuscript.

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Raney, D., Siegel, C.H. An adolescent psychiatric unit for difficult medical patients. Child Psych Hum Dev 25, 109–124 (1994). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF02253290

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Key words

  • Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Psychosomatics