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Mental Illness and Public Health: Exploring the Role of General Hospital Physicians at a Teaching Hospital in Jamaica

This study examines general hospital physicians’ utilization of consultation-liaison psychiatric services and makes inferences about the extent to which their role in the detection of psychiatric illnesses is being fulfilled.


Objectives: Against the public health implications of untreated mental illness among general hospital inpatients, this study aimed firstly to examine hospital physicians’ level of referral to a psychiatric service, and secondly, to explore the extent of these doctors’ knowledge of psychiatric issues by comparing their reasons for referring patients with patients’ final psychiatric diagnoses.

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e-Published: 15 Oct, 2013
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