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Psychiatric Quarterly, Vol. 74, No. 3, Fall 2003 (
ROLE OF THE PSYCHIATRIST IN THE CARE
OF PATIENTS WITH HEPATITIS C
Stephen Price, M.D. and Juanita Goyette, R.N., I.C.N.
Hepatitis C and HIV/AIDS are among the most signiﬁcant infectious diseases
of our time. Psychiatric patients are often part of the higher risk population to
contract these diseases, and patients who have contracted these diseases ex-
perience a wide variety of psychiatric problems associated with the underlying
infection and with its treatment. The authors provide an overview of these infec-
tious diseases and then describe the varying roles psychiatrists have in caring
for these patients in the various settings of their work. The complexity of these
patients presents a unique challenge to, and opportunity for, psychiatrists to in-
tegrate and coordinate their interventions with those of other medical providers
and thereby enhance the patient’s cooperation with all aspects of care.
KEY WORDS: HCV; HIV/AIDS; role of psychiatrist.
Stephen Price, M.D., is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Department of
Psychiatry, Albany Medical College, Capital District Psychiatric Center, Albany, NY.
Juanita Goyette, R.N., I.C.N., is a Nurse Administrator, Capital District Psychiatric
Center, Albany, NY.
Address correspondence to Stephen Price, M.D., CDPC, 75 New Scotland Avenue,
Albany, NY 12208; e-mail: email@example.com.
2003 Human Sciences Press, Inc.