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Emergency Department Treatment of the Psychiatric Patient
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Emergency Department Treatment of the Psychiatric Patient: Policy Issues and Legal Requirements

Susan Stefan


Many hospital emergency departments are overcrowded and short-staffed, with a limited number of available hospital beds. It is increasingly hard for emergency departments and their staff to provide the necessary level of care for medical patients. Caring for people with psychiatric disabilities raises different issues and calls on different skills. In Emergency Department Treatment of the Psychiatric Patient, the author uses research, surveys, and statutory and litigation materials to examine problems with emergency department care for clients with psychiatric disorders. She relies on intervie ... More

Keywords: hospital emergency departments, hospital beds, medical patients, psychiatric disabilities, psychiatric disorders, nurses, doctors, structural pressures, standards for treatment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780195189292
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195189292.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Susan Stefan, author
National Emergency Center for Public Representation, Massachusetts