Consultation/Liaison Psychiatry and AIDS

  • James W. Dilley
  • Jay Baer


Consultation/liaison psychiatry is the subspecialty of psychiatry which focuses on the evaluation, treatment, and management of medical and surgical patients with emotional and cognitive problems. Psychiatrists active in this area of expertise are usually based in a hospital setting, or work closely with the patients of internists, family practitioners, surgeons or obstetricians/gynecologists. The psychiatric consultant must possess a firm grounding in general psychiatry as well as a familiarity with common medical/surgical problems and their treatments, the use of psychopharmacologic agents in the medically ill, and the usual structure and functioning of hospitals.1–3 He/she brings knowledge of the complex interactions among the biological, psychological, and social factors that are always at play at any given moment in a person’s life and is expert in assessing the impact of these factors on a person’s current condition. Consultation/liaison psychiatry, then, stands as the bridge between the specialties of psychiatry and medicine, bringing the expertise of the psychiatrist to bear on the physically ill patient who demonstrates disorders of mood or cognition.


Human Immunodeficiency Virus Acquire Immune Deficiency Syndrome Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma Acquire Immunodeficiency Syndrome Human Immunodeficiency Virus Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James W. Dilley
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jay Baer
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  2. 2.San Francisco-AIDS Health ProjectUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryTufts University School of MedicineBostonUSA

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