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There have been many reports of psychiatric disorder in medical populations, but few have used standard methods on representative patient groups. Even so, there is consistent evidence for considerable psychiatric morbidity in in-patient, out-patient and casualty department populations, much of which is unrecognised by hospital doctors. We require a better classification of psychiatric disorder in the general hospital, improved research measures, and more evidence about the nature and course of the many different types of problem so that we can provide precise advice for their management of routine clinical practice.

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Journal article


Br J Psychiatry

Publication Date





172 - 190


Alcoholism, Depressive Disorder, Factitious Disorders, Feeding and Eating Disorders, Female, Hospitals, General, Humans, Male, Mental Disorders, Mood Disorders, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological, Sleep Wake Disorders, Substance-Related Disorders