Principles of Inpatient Psychiatry

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Principles of Inpatient Psychiatry is geared to psychiatrists working in inpatient settings: residents, psychiatrists who occasionally provide inpatient care, and psychiatric "hospitalists" who specialize in the inpatient arena. Inpatient settings contain the sickest psychiatric patients, such as those with a high risk of suicide, agitation requiring emergency management, or treatment-resistant psychosis and depression, all topics discussed in the book. Co-morbid general-medical illness is common, and the book focuses attention, supported by case examples, on medical and neuropsychiatric as well as general-psychiatric evaluation and management.

Chapters address special clinical problems, including first-episode psychosis, substance abuse, eating disorders, and legal issues on the inpatient service. The editors bring expertise to bear on a wide range of treatments, including psychopharmacologic, psychodynamic, and milieu approaches.

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Reviewer: 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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780781772143
  • Publisher: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents


The Ins and Outs of 200 Years of Psychiatric Hospitals in the USA
Jeffrey L. Geller, Sarah Guzofski, and Margo Lauterbach

Psychosocial Approach to the Psychiatric Inpatient
Richard Munich

Pharmacological Approach to the Psychiatric Inpatient
Arash Ansari, David N. Osser, Leonard S. Lai, Paul M. Schoenfeld, and Kenneth C. Potts

General-Medical Evaluation and Management of the Psychiatric Inpatient
Fred Ovsiew and David Lovinger

Neuropsychiatric Approach to the Psychiatric Inpatient
Fred Ovsiew

Psychiatric Administration
L. Mark Russakoff

Legal Issues in Inpatient Psychiatry
Gabor Vari, Mace Beckson, and Robert Weinstock

Psychiatric Education on the Inpatient Unit
Cynthia A. Pristach and Subhdeep Virk


Hospital Treatment of Depression and Mania
Stan D. Arkow, Susan Turner, and David A. Kahn

Electroconvulsive Therapy
Walter Knysz, III, and C. Edward Coffey

Inpatient Evaluation and Management of First-Episode Psychosis
Richard Fraser, Peter Burnett, and Patrick McGorry

Inpatient Agitation and Aggression
Eila Sailas, Alice Keski-Valkama, and Kristian Wahlbeck

Recurrently Readmitted Inpatient Psychiatric Patients: Characteristics and Care
William H. Sledge and Christine L. Dunn

The Patient with Borderline Personality Disorder
Anthony W. Bateman

Evaluation and Management of Substance Use Disorders on the Inpatient Psychiatric Unit
Christine Yuodelis-Flores, Murray Bennett, Jason Veitengruber, and Richard Ries

The Elderly Psychiatric Inpatient
Vassilios Latoussakis, Sibel Klimstra, Dimitris N. Kiosses, Balkrishna Kalayam, and George S. Alexopoulos

The Brain-Injured or Developmentally Disabled Psychiatric Inpatient
David Arciniegas

The Medically Ill or Pregnant Psychiatric Inpatient
James J. Amos

Inpatient Treatment of Eating Disorders
Wayne A. Bowers, Arnold Andersen, and Kay Evans

The Child or Adolescent Psychiatric Inpatient
Flynn O'Malley and Norma V.L. Clarke

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