Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry in the Outpatient Setting
Consultation-liaison (CL) psychiatry is often thought of as an inpatient clinical - specialty. However, outpatient services have been available in the United Kingdom and the United States since the first half of the 20th century (Dolinar, 1993; Mayou, 1989). Advances in medical science and changes in health policy are now shifting patient care from hospitals into the community; inpatient stays are shorter, and an increasing number of investigations and procedures are carried out on an outpatient basis. Consequently, the majority of patients, including those who have serious and chronic medical illnesses, are now treated in primary care or seen by specialists in their outpatient clinics.
KeywordsMajor Depressive Disorder Primary Care Provider Major Depressive Disorder Outpatient Service Medical Outpatient
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