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Emergency Psychiatry

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The field of emergency mental health care is evolving rapidly. In addition to continued widespread use of the traditional consultation model, in which psychiatrists provide on-call assistance to emergency department physicians, specialized psychiatric emergency services (PESs) are available in many cities, and newer models of integrated community psychiatric emergency care are being developed and implemented. With the spread of AIDS, the aging of the population, and the popularity of recreational substances of abuse, the scope and complexity of the field have increased as well. Emergency Psychiatry provides a snapshot of the current state of the art of this fast-paced discipline.Readers of this volume will find  Survey of the major service models used in emergency psychiatry: the consultation model, the specialized PES model, and newer community models (crisis hospitalization, mobile teams, crisis residences) Principles of triage of patients presenting to an emergency department with psychiatric problems, including a discussion of instruments used to assess psychosocial and cognitive functioning Guidelines for assessing risk of suicide or violence Standards for behavioral management of agitation and aggression aimed at reestablishing inner and outer controls for the patient in the least coercive manner Discussion of legal and regulatory issues affecting emergency room practice Guidance on application of psychotherapeutic technique to interviewing patients in crises so as to communicate concern, elicit cooperation and essential information about the patient's state, and foster an alliance that facilitates appropriate treatment Psychiatric emergencies can occur at any time and in any setting; for this reason, every mental health clinician should be familiar with the principles of crisis management and the cutting-edge issues surrounding the provision of emergency psychiatric care. Intended for psychiatrists, psychiatric and emergency medicine residents, and all mental health practitioners, this book offers an accessible guide to current practice and thought in this exciting field.show more

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  • Paperback | 216 pages
  • 149.9 x 226.1 x 10.2mm | 340.2g
  • American Psychiatric Association Publishing
  • VA, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 158562070X
  • 9781585620708
  • 2,408,564

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The book is recommended to mental health workers, and especially to students and especially to those new to psychiatric emergency work. It would be a useful resource in libraries for students of health and medical studies. * Metapsychology Online Book Reviews * As a practicing acute psychiatrist, there was much I found useful. The overview of models of psychiatric emergency service delivery was particularly interesting, given the tendency to myopic views from within one's own institution. * Robert Shields, Australia and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry * This book is a must-have primer for all clinicians at every level of training. It serves as an introduction to the literature for novices and review of the literature for the more seasoned clinician. All disciplines would benefit from this book; it is a quick way to get up to speed on the key issues in the growing field of emergency psychiatry. * Brook Zitek, D.O., Psychosomatics * This small volume is an excellent resource for clinicians, teachers, students, and administrators interested in mental health crisis intervention and emergency psychiatry.... It is vital, resourceful, and timely -- the same attributes one would expect to find in all goof psychiatric emergency services. * Donna M. Moores, M.D., General Hospital Psychiatry *show more

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The field of emergency mental health care is evolving rapidly. With the spread of AIDS and the rising popularity of recreational substances of abuse, the scope and complexity of the field have increased as well. Emergency Psychiatry provides a snapshot of the current state of the art of this fast-paced discipline. Readers of this volume will find a survey of the major service models used in emergency psychiatry (the consultation model, the specialized psychiatric emergency service model, and newer community models); principles for assessment of psychosocial and cognitive functioning, including a discussion of assessment instruments and their appropriate use; guidelines for assessing risk of suicide or violence; standards for behavioral management of agitation and aggression, including discussion of legal and regulatory issues in emergency practice; and guidance on the application of psychotherapeutic techniques to interviewing patients in crises so as to communicate concern, elicit cooperation and essential information about the patient's state, and foster an alliance that facilitates appropriate treatment. Psychiatric emergencies can occur at any time and in any setting; for this reason, every mental health clinician should be familiar with the principles of crisis management and the cutting-edge issues surrounding the provision of emergency psychiatric care. Intended for psychiatrists, psychiatric and emergency medicine residents, and all mental health practitioners, this book offers an accessible guide to current practice and thought in this exciting field.show more

About Michael H. Allen

Michael H. Allen, M.D., is Director of Inpatient Psychiatry at Colorado Psychiatric Health and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado School of Medicine in Denver, Colorado.show more

Table of contents

PrefaceChapter 1. Structure and function of psychiatric emergency servicesChapter 2. Medical, psychiatric, and cognitive assessment in the psychiatric emergency serviceChapter 3. Assessment and treatment of suicidal patients in an emergency settingChapter 4. Emergency treatment of agitation and aggressionChapter 5. Psychosocial interventions in the psychiatric emergency service: a skills approachIndexshow more

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