New Dimensions in Liaison Consultation
The role of the Liaison Consultation physician and psychiatrist is examined in terms of its change. Not only does the liaison person assess, diagnose, and identify therapeutic processes for the psychosocial aspects of medical and surgical illness, but he or she is frequently requested to participate with family members and nurse-physician teams in decisions relating to medical ethics. Several examples will be presented illustrating this expansion of roles and interactions. These will include: decisions regarding the termination of life support systems; patient’s refusal to accept the amputation of a gangrenous limb or the patient who no longer desires to live.
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