As many as 60% of general hospital inpatients have diagnosable psychiatric disorders which can interfere with the efficacy of the treatment they receive for their primary complaints. Disorders such as depression, anxiety, and cognitive dysfunction have been shown to result in longer hospital stays and the greater costs that accompany them, while there is compelling evidence that the availability of psychiatric consultation reduces mortality, morbidity, and length of stay. Despite the clear advantages, in terms of patient care and cost reduction, psychosomatic medicine clinicians face the daunting challenges of limited reimbursement, diverse treatment environments, and the complexities of integrated care.
The Clinical Manual Of Psychosomatic Medicine: A Guide To Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry provides practicing psychiatrists and psychiatry trainees, as well as internists and general practitioners, with the tools they need to navigate this difficult treatment terrain. Thoroughly revised and updated, this comprehensive, yet concise, volume provides everything from instruction on conducting a mental status examination, to making a differential diagnosis, to the treatment of a plethora of diseases and conditions. Its emphasis on focused diagnostic assessments and treatment recommendations will be welcomed by the busy practitioner whose goal is to relieve suffering within an often demanding managed care environment.