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Interdisciplinary team approach to emergency psychiatric care

ANDREW E. SLABY M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. 1 , RICHARD J. GOLDBERG M.D. 2 , , and STEPHEN R. WALLACE M.S.W. 3 1 Psychiatrist-in-chief, Rhode Island Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital, and professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, Providence 2 Associate director, department of psychiatry, Rhode Island Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital, and assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, Brown University 3 Associate director, outpatient psychiatry, at Rhode Island Hospital Psychiatric problems in the emergency room can best be managed by an interdisciplinary team consisting of a psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse, social worker, and clinical psychologist. Because a psychiatrist is not required to do tasks that can be accomplished by a professional from another discipline, the team approach is cost-efficient. This approach is effective because time is not lost bringing together various consultants for each psychiatric emergency. Problem areas, staffing patterns, and the roles of each team member are discussed. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Psychosomatics American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc (Journal)

Interdisciplinary team approach to emergency psychiatric care

Abstract

ANDREW E. SLABY M.D., Ph.D., M.P.H. 1 , RICHARD J. GOLDBERG M.D. 2 , , and STEPHEN R. WALLACE M.S.W. 3 1 Psychiatrist-in-chief, Rhode Island Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital, and professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown University, Providence 2 Associate director, department of psychiatry, Rhode Island Hospital and Women & Infants Hospital, and assistant professor of psychiatry and human behavior, Brown University 3 Associate director, outpatient psychiatry, at Rhode Island Hospital Psychiatric problems in the emergency room can best be managed by an interdisciplinary team consisting of a psychiatrist, psychiatric nurse, social worker, and clinical psychologist. Because a psychiatrist is not required to do tasks that can be accomplished by a professional from another discipline, the team approach is cost-efficient. This approach is effective because time is not lost bringing together various consultants for each psychiatric emergency. Problem areas, staffing patterns, and the roles of each team member are discussed.
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