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J Emerg Med. 2005 Jan;28(1):35-9.

Evidence-based evaluation of psychiatric patients.

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Department of Emergency Medicine, Chicago Medical School and Mount Sinai Hospital, Chicago, IL 60608, USA.

Abstract

There has been much discussion in the literature concerning the medical evaluation of the psychiatric patient. The medical evaluation of the psychiatric patient involves obtaining a history, performing an appropriate physical and mental status examination, and testing, when indicated. This review applies the rigors of evidence-based evaluation of the medical literature that is currently available to determine when it is safe to place a patient with behavioral complaints under psychiatric care.

PMID:
15657002
DOI:
10.1016/j.jemermed.2004.10.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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