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Emerg Med Clin North Am. 2000 May;18(2):173-83, vii.

The psychiatric interview in the emergency department.

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  • 1Cornell-Columbia Program in Psychiatry and the Law, New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York, USA.


Psychiatric assessment of patients in the emergency department requires a psychological and medical approach. Acute medical problems must be investigated immediately, before a more nuanced exploration of emotional, cognitive, and behavioral aspects of these patients is undertaken. A multidimensional, nonreductive description then guides the treatment and disposition of patients in the emergency department.

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