Neurology referrals to a liaison psychiatry service.

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/209152
Title:
Neurology referrals to a liaison psychiatry service.
Authors:
Fitzgerald, P; Herlihy, D; Sweeney, B; Cassidy, E M
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork.
Citation:
Ir Med J. 2008 Oct;101(9):271-3.
Journal:
Irish medical journal
Issue Date:
3-Feb-2012
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/209152
PubMed ID:
19051614
Abstract:
The objective of the present study was to assess the activity of the Liaison Psychiatry service of Cork University Hospital in relation to all in-patient neurology referrals over a 12-month period. Of 1685 neurology admissions, 106 (6%) were referred to liaison psychiatry for assessment. 91 referrals (86%) met criteria for a psychiatric disorder according to DSM-IV, the commonest being major depression (24%) and somatoform disorder (23%). Patients with multiple sclerosis or epilepsy comprised nearly half of all referrals (48 cases; 45%). Approximately 20% of M.S. in-patients (21 cases) were referred for psychiatric assessment, with the corresponding figure in epilepsy being 25% (18 cases). Although only 106 (6%) neurology in-patients were referred to liaison psychiatry, psychiatric diagnoses were documented in 327 (20%) discharge forms, presumably reflecting previous diagnosis. The above findings indicate that psychiatric illness is common among neurology inpatients screened by liaison psychiatry yet referral rates are relatively low in terms of the overall number of neurology in-patients. Psychiatric disorders were diagnosed in 86% of referrals indicating high concordance between neurologists and liaison psychiatry regarding the presence of a psychiatric disorder.
Language:
eng
MeSH:
Databases as Topic; Epilepsy/psychology; Humans; Mental Disorders/diagnosis/*psychology; Mental Health Services/*utilization; Multiple Sclerosis/psychology; Nervous System Diseases/complications/*psychology; Neurology/*statistics & numerical data; Prospective Studies; Psychological Tests; Psychometrics; Referral and Consultation/*statistics & numerical data; Somatoform Disorders
ISSN:
0332-3102 (Print); 0332-3102 (Linking)

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dc.contributor.authorFitzgerald, Pen_GB
dc.contributor.authorHerlihy, Den_GB
dc.contributor.authorSweeney, Ben_GB
dc.contributor.authorCassidy, E Men_GB
dc.date.accessioned2012-02-03T15:13:38Z-
dc.date.available2012-02-03T15:13:38Z-
dc.date.issued2012-02-03T15:13:38Z-
dc.identifier.citationIr Med J. 2008 Oct;101(9):271-3.en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102 (Print)en_GB
dc.identifier.issn0332-3102 (Linking)en_GB
dc.identifier.pmid19051614en_GB
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/209152-
dc.description.abstractThe objective of the present study was to assess the activity of the Liaison Psychiatry service of Cork University Hospital in relation to all in-patient neurology referrals over a 12-month period. Of 1685 neurology admissions, 106 (6%) were referred to liaison psychiatry for assessment. 91 referrals (86%) met criteria for a psychiatric disorder according to DSM-IV, the commonest being major depression (24%) and somatoform disorder (23%). Patients with multiple sclerosis or epilepsy comprised nearly half of all referrals (48 cases; 45%). Approximately 20% of M.S. in-patients (21 cases) were referred for psychiatric assessment, with the corresponding figure in epilepsy being 25% (18 cases). Although only 106 (6%) neurology in-patients were referred to liaison psychiatry, psychiatric diagnoses were documented in 327 (20%) discharge forms, presumably reflecting previous diagnosis. The above findings indicate that psychiatric illness is common among neurology inpatients screened by liaison psychiatry yet referral rates are relatively low in terms of the overall number of neurology in-patients. Psychiatric disorders were diagnosed in 86% of referrals indicating high concordance between neurologists and liaison psychiatry regarding the presence of a psychiatric disorder.en_GB
dc.language.isoengen_GB
dc.subject.meshDatabases as Topicen_GB
dc.subject.meshEpilepsy/psychologyen_GB
dc.subject.meshHumansen_GB
dc.subject.meshMental Disorders/diagnosis/*psychologyen_GB
dc.subject.meshMental Health Services/*utilizationen_GB
dc.subject.meshMultiple Sclerosis/psychologyen_GB
dc.subject.meshNervous System Diseases/complications/*psychologyen_GB
dc.subject.meshNeurology/*statistics & numerical dataen_GB
dc.subject.meshProspective Studiesen_GB
dc.subject.meshPsychological Testsen_GB
dc.subject.meshPsychometricsen_GB
dc.subject.meshReferral and Consultation/*statistics & numerical dataen_GB
dc.subject.meshSomatoform Disordersen_GB
dc.titleNeurology referrals to a liaison psychiatry service.en_GB
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Psychiatry, Cork University Hospital, Wilton, Cork.en_GB
dc.identifier.journalIrish medical journalen_GB
dc.description.provinceMunster-

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