Integrative Approach to General Hospital Psychiatry: Indices of Usefulness
The aims and practices of the general hospital psychiatric department vary depending on the character of its parent institution, location, degree of sophistication of services, philosphy of admissions, and nuances of treatment methods, training and teaching.
While the general hospital psychiatric department must perform an important role within the entire network of community mental health delivery system, loyalty is to its parent institution and community catchment area. The department should not favor admissions of one category of patients nor should it identify with institutions better equipped to handle chronic patients requiring long-range hospitalization. Indices of usefulness consist of the results of its work within the framework of its goals.
This paper gives an account of the integrative approach of a psychiatric department in a medical center. The nature of integration is described and the indices of usefulness are explored.
KeywordsPersonality Disorder American Hospital Association Psychiatric Department Affective Psychos Parent Institution
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