A very modest proposal for 1990s C L psychiatry

Myron F. Weiner, John Sadler, Barry J. Fenton, Michael C. Fitzpatrick, J. Douglas Crowder, Karl Goodkin

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The prediction that consultation-liaison psychiatry would play an integral role in the management of all medical/surgical patients in large hospitals has not come to pass. The primary reason is that no adequate funding mechanism has ever been found to support such a large endeavor. The economic climate as we enter the 1990s makes such funding even less likely. The authors suggest that C L psychiatry accept a lesser role, largely confined to teaching hospitals. That role, which has been successful at a large public teaching hospital for nearly 10 years, encompasses serving as a primary psychiatric teaching site for medical students, a primary teaching site for psychiatry residents and other postgraduate physicians rotating through psychiatry, a source of innovative dispositions for medically ill psychiatric patients, and a source of opportunity for interdisciplinary research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-234
Number of pages4
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1989

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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