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From The CriticsReviewer: Aaron Plattner, MD (Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services)
Description: This is a detailed overview of caring for psychiatric patients in the inpatient setting.
Purpose: The purpose is to educate psychiatrists on the range of issues that arises from treating patients in the inpatient setting.
Audience: Psychiatrists working in the inpatient setting, including residents, hospitalists, and psychiatrists who occasionally provide inpatient care are the intended audience.
Features: This book efficiently addresses the inpatient care of various patient populations including first-episode psychotic patients, recurrent patients, the elderly, and children and adolescents. Comorbidity problems of borderline personality disorder, agitation and aggression, substance abuse, brain injury, eating disorders, medical illness, and pregnancy are further addressed. Different treatments, including pharmacological, electroconvulsive therapy, and psychosocial, are discussed. The book also covers the history and legal, administrative, and educational issues surrounding inpatient psychiatric care. Various case studies, tables, and an index round out the book.
Assessment: As a psychiatric resident whose first year of training was primarily involved with inpatient psychiatric unit care, I found this book immensely helpful. All of the chapters are applicable to the care of patients, not only on the inpatient unit, but also in other settings such as the consult-liaison service. The format of the book, with its standalone chapters, allows readers to go directly to particular topics to find information immediately applicable to a specific situation. The book could be improved by adding more clinical cases, tables, diagrams, radiological examples, and treatment algorithms. Additional figures would help readers to comprehend a large amount of data. Updated editions will be necessary as research progresses.