emergency psychiatry

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emergency psychiatry

The treatment of patients suffering psychological crises, including those who are suicidal or homicidal, perpetrators or victims of child abuse, spousal abuse, or other intense mental anguish. Most of these people see a physician within hours or days of their violent or abusive act. Many physician training programs fail to prepare students for managing patients who need this emergency service.
See also: psychiatry
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A pretrial detainee brought an action against a city, a hospital and the hospital's emergency psychiatric services program, alleging excessive force and denial of medical and psychological care.
"Emergency Psychiatric Services: A Study of Changing Utilization Patterns and Issues." International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine 13, no.
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