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Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry

Optimum Care, Emerging Limitations, and Realistic Goals

  • Howard H. Fenn
  • Ana Hategan
  • James A. Bourgeois

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Foundations of Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Mirela S. Bucur, Heather Sylvester, Ana Hategan
      Pages 3-25
    3. Heather E. McNeely, Jelena P. King
      Pages 27-46
    4. Debra Bakerjian
      Pages 63-76
    5. Kelli Columbo, Mike Kelly, Leah McGowan
      Pages 77-94
  3. Prevalent Problems in Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 95-95
    2. Manisha Shenava, Rita Hitching, Laura B. Dunn
      Pages 153-167
    3. Kim A. Hardin, Zachary C. Ryder
      Pages 169-188
    4. Elyse Ross, Shaji Khan, Amer M. Burhan
      Pages 201-218
    5. Timothy Lau, Elizabeth Kozyra, Catherine Cheng
      Pages 219-235
    6. Calvin H. Hirsch
      Pages 259-276

About this book


This book offers mental health guidelines for all medical professionals facing the emerging challenges presented by an aging population worldwide.  The text acknowledges that as the geriatric demographic grows, limited resources and infrastructures demand quality protocols to deliver inpatient geriatric psychiatric care, and that many physicians may not be trained to address these specific needs.  This text fills this gap with guidelines assessing, diagnosing, and treating aging patients as they present in the emergency room and other settings.


Unlike any other text, this book focuses on how to optimize the use of the inpatient setting by recommending evaluations and treatments, and offering flow-charts and figures of key points, to guide both general workup and continued evaluation and treatment. This approach aims to minimize instances of premature release or readmissions and to improve outcomes.  


Chapters cover the various issues that clinicians face when working with an older patient, including legal topics, limitations to treatment, prescription-related complications, patients struggling with substance abuse, and various behavioral concerns. Written by experts in the field, the text takes a multidisciplinary approach to deliver high-quality care as needs of the aging population evolve.


Inpatient Geriatric Psychiatry is a vital resource for all clinicians working with an aging population, including geriatricians, psychiatrists, neurologists, primary care providers, hospitalists, psychologists, neuropsychologists, emergency room and geriatric nurses, social workers, and trainees.




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Editors and affiliations

  • Howard H. Fenn
    • 1
  • Ana Hategan
    • 2
  • James A. Bourgeois
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Stanford/VA Alzheimer’s CenterVA Health Care SystemPalo AltoUSA
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences, McMaster UniversityHamiltonCanada
  3. 3.Department of Psychiatry, Baylor Scott and White Central Texas, Division College of MedicineTexas A & M University, Health Science CenterTempleUSA

About the editors

Howard H. Fenn, MD
Clinical Associate Professor (affiliated)
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Stanford University
Stanford, California

Attending physician
Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Palo Alto, California


Ana Hategan, MD
Associate Clinical Professor
Geriatric Psychiatrist
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioural Neurosciences
McMaster University
Hamilton, ON


James A. Bourgeois, OD, MD
Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Baylor Scott & White Health, Central Texas Division
Clinical Professor, College of Medicine
Texas A&M University Health Science Center
2401 South 31st Street
Temple TX 76508
Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco
School of Medicine

Bibliographic information

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“The book is written for providers across all specialties who care for older adults with psychiatric illness in the inpatient setting, and the book is well suited for most of them.” (Jessica M O'Mara, Doody's Book Reviews, December 7, 2019)