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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 problems so that we can provide precise advice for their management of routine clinical practice.

Original publication

DOI

10.1192/bjp.149.2.172

Type

Journal article

Journal

British Journal of Psychiatry

Publication Date

01/01/1986

Volume

149

Pages

172 - 190