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Categorization of types of medical/psychiatry units based on level of acuity. Psychosomatics 1992;33(4):376-86

Date

01/01/1992

Pubmed ID

1461963

DOI

10.1016/S0033-3182(92)71942-2

Scopus ID

2-s2.0-0026801869   50 Citations

Abstract

Medical/psychiatry units can be categorized by the level of acuity of medical and psychiatric illness. Type I units are categorized as those that primarily provide psychiatric care with a low level of medical acuity. Type II units include general medicine or medical subspecialty units that are associated with a psychiatric liaison service and provide low levels of psychiatric care to those admitted to the general medical setting. Type III and Type IV units are characterized by a true departure from the current ward settings and care for patients who have concurrent and more severe medical and psychiatric problems in a unified setting. Both of these units require special physical changes in the ward structure, additional nurse training, and coordinated physician coverage to function effectively.

Author List

Kathol RG, Harsch HH, Hall RC, Shakespeare A, Cowart T

Author

Harold H. Harsch MD Professor in the Psychiatry department at Medical College of Wisconsin




MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Acute Disease
Delivery of Health Care
Female
Health Status
Hospitalization
Humans
Insurance, Psychiatric
Male
Mental Disorders
Mental Health Services
Psychiatric Department, Hospital
United States