Old Age Psychiatry

Old Age Psychiatry

Part-work (fascículo) Oxford Specialist Handbooks in Psychiatry

By (author) Bart Sheehan, By (author) Salman Karim, By (author) Alistair S. Burns


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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Part-work (fascículo) | 232 pages
  • Dimensions: 98mm x 182mm x 16mm | 181g
  • Publication date: 15 April 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199216525
  • ISBN 13: 9780199216529
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 14 black and white images
  • Sales rank: 296,867

Product description

This handbook covers the scientific, clinical and service background for practitioners involved in the care of older people with psychiatric disorders. Expanding older populations and increasing attention on mental disorder in old age have focused attention on the need for responsive, humane, efficient and effective services. The greatest interest has been in the identification and treatment of dementia; it has also become clear how very common the other psychiatric disorders including depression, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders and substance abuse are in older age. While specialist services proliferate, more general services, for example in general hospital medical teams, or adult community psychiatric services, continue to manage many older people with psychiatric illness. This handbook provides a clear grounding in the scientific and moral basis of the speciality and up-to-date evidence on how to proceed in the most commonly encountered clinical situations in a manageable and easy-to-use format . It will be of value to specialists, to those setting up services, to non-specialists treating older patients and to students learning about these disorders. All three authors are busy clinicians in old age psychiatry as well as active teachers and researchers in this area. Through international professional and research links, they marry a UK to an international perspective.

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Author information

Alistair Burns is Professor of old age psychiatry at the University of Manchester in the UK and an Honorary Consultant old age psychiatrist in the Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust (MMHSCT). He graduated in medicine in Glasgow in 1980 and trained in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in London. He became the Foundation Chair of old age psychiatry in the University of Manchester in 1992, where he has been Head of the division of psychiatry and is currently a Deputy Dean in the Faculty of Medical and Human Sciences, with responsibility for clinical affairs. He has been Director of Research and Development in the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Trust (UHSMT) and also Non-Executive Director and Vice-Chairman of the Hospital Board. His research and clinical interests are in mental health problems of older people, particularly dementia and Alzheimer's disease. He has published 298 papers and 23 books.

Review quote

As a junior trainee I would strongly recommend this book to all trainees who are in old age psychiatry placements or those undertaking examinations such as the MRCPsych or MSc in psychiatry. Signpost This concise volume should be useful to a range of readers...the authors should be applauded in their efforts to produce a book which is practical yet stimulating. British Journal of Psychiatry This handy little book covers the essentials of geriatric psychiatry and easily fits in your pocket... I highly recommend this book. Doody's Notes (Michael J Schrift, DO, MA, University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)

Table of contents

1. Introduction ; 2. Dementia ; 3. Delirium ; 4. Mood disorders ; 5. Anxiety and behaviour disorders ; 6. Paranoid illness ; 7. Services ; 8. Ethical and legal issues ; 9. Prescribing