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

Hardcover | March 16, 2006

bySusan Stefan

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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 psychiatricdisabilities raises different issues and calls on different skills.In Emergency Department Treatment of the Psychiatric Patient, Dr. Stefan uses research, surveys, and statutory and litigation materials to examine problems with emergency department care for clients with psychiatric disorders. She relies on interviews with emergency department nurses, doctors andpsychiatrists, as well as surveys of people with psychiatric disabilities to present the perspectives of both the individuals seeking treatment, and those providing it.This eye-opening book explores the structural pressures on emergency departments and identifies the burdens and conflicts that undermine their efforts to provide compassionate care to people in psychiatric crisis. In addition to presenting a new analysis of the source of these problems, Dr. Stefanalso suggests an array of alternatives to emergency department treatment for people in psychiatric crisis. Moreover, the author proposes standards for treatment of these individuals when they do inevitably end up in a hospital emergency department.Emergency Department Treatment of the Psychiatric Patient presents a thoughtful and thorough analysis of the difficulties faced by people with psychiatric disabilities when seeking emergency medical care. It is essential reading for anyone working in a hospital emergency department, as well ashealth care policy makers, and advocates and lawyers for people with psychiatric disabilities.

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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 psychiatricdisabilities raises different issues and calls on dif...

Susan Stefan, J.D., directs the National Emergency Department Project at the Center for Public Representation, based in Massachusetts. The Project seeks to improve the care of people with psychiatric disabilities when they are in crisis. Dr. Stefan, formerly at the University of Miami School of Law, is a leading authority on the civil...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 6.42 × 9.41 × 1.18 inPublished:March 16, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195189299

ISBN - 13:9780195189292

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Table of Contents

Series Foreword1. Introduction2. Overview of Psychiatric Emergency Services3. Patients' Problems in Emergency Room Care4. Professional Issues in Emergency Department Care5. Legal Rights and Standards in Emergency Room Treatment of People with Psychiatric Disabilities6. Solutions to Problems in Emergency Department Treatment of People with Psychiatric Disabilities7. ConclusionAppendix A Center for Public Representation: Findings and Proposed Standards

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"...a concise yet comprehensive discussion of these various problems and challenges from both a macro and micro level...it is an excellent work...appropriately organized and clearly written and consider it a must-read for health care professionals across disciplines who practice in the area ofemergency medicine."--PsycCRITIQUES