Psychological Medicine (Liaison Psychiatry) provides specialist mental health assessment, advice and intervention to people in acute hospitals

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"No health without mental health"

  • Physical illness can result in profound social and emotional consequences impacting on mental health.
  • More than one-quarter of general hospital patients have a mental disorder.
  • Mental ill health impedes recovery from physical illness and may increase mortality rates. For example, the risk of depressed patients with coronary heart disease dying in the 2-years after initial assessment is twice as high as it is for non-depressed patients.
  • Mental disorders are often unrecognised in patients with physical illness. Over half of all cases of depression in the general hospital setting go unrecognised. Increased length of stay or unnecessary admissions is associated with poor management of alcohol withdrawal states in the general hospital



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The page was last updated on 14 March 2018 by aji.kuriakose.


Cambridgeshire and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust
Elizabeth House, Fulbourn Hospital
Cambridge, CB21 5EF

T 01223 219400 (open 8:30am to 5pm)
F 01480 398501

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