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Textbook of Hospital Psychiatry by Steven S., M. D. Sharfstein


Textbook of Hospital Psychiatry by Steven S., M. D. Sharfstein

With decreases in lengths of hospital stay and increases in alternatives to inpatient treatments, the field of hospital psychiatry has changed dramatically over the past 20 years. As the first comprehensive guide to be published in more than a decade, the Textbook of Hospital Psychiatry is a compilation of the latest trends, issues, and developments in the field. The textbook, written by 70 national experts and clinical specialists, covers a wide range of clinical and administrative topics that are central to today's practice of hospital psychiatry.This is the only textbook on the market today that provides information for psychiatric hospital clinicians and administrators in a single all-inclusive volume. It covers information not generally available in other textbooks and medical journals, touching on a variety of cutting-edge issues, such as safety improvement, use of seclusion and restraint, suicide prevention, and culturally competent psychiatric care.The book's 35 chapters are divided into four parts: ? Part I, Inpatient Practice -- focuses on specialty psychiatric units (e.g., acute stabilization unit, eating disorders unit, forensic unit, child unit), including the many psychopharmacological and psychosocial treatments used within each. This section also touches on specialized treatment for patients with co-occurring problems, such as substance abuse, developmental disabilities, and legal difficulties.? Part II, Special Clinical Issues -- covers clinical issues from the perspective of different populations (consumers, families, suicidal patients). This section also examines the recent trend toward patient-centered care.? Part III, The Continuum of Care -- addresses psychiatric services within the community, such as rehabilitation programs, day hospitals, and emergency services. It discusses the importance of understanding hospital-based treatment within the broader perspective of patients' lives.? Part IV, Structure and Infrastructure -- focuses on such often-overlooked topics as financing of care, risk management, electronic medical records, and the actual architecture of psychiatric hospitals, as well as the roles of psychiatric hospital administrators, psychiatric nurses, and psychiatrists and psychologists. An invaluable resource for both clinicians and administrators, as well as a comprehensive teaching tool for residents, the Textbook of Hospital Psychiatry is a must-have for all professionals who work in psychiatric settings.


This is a helpful new and comprehensive book on hospital psychiatry. Clinicians, hospital administrators, and lawmakers, as well as all stakeholders, should be knowledgeable (as this book will help them to become) about the history and future role of the hospital in the care of patients suffering from psychiatric disorders. I highly recommend it. * Doody Enterprises, Inc. *

About the Author

Steven S. Sharfstein, M.D., M.P.A., is President and Chief Executive Officer of Sheppard Pratt Health System, Baltimore, Maryland, and Clinical Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore. Dr. Sharfstein served as President of the American Psychiatric Association from 2005 to 2006.Deputy Editor Faith B. Dickerson, Ph.D., M.P.H., is Director of Psychology for Sheppard Pratt Health System, in Baltimore, Maryland and is Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine. She also heads the Stanley Research Program at Sheppard Pratt.Deputy Editor John M. Oldham, M.D., M.S., is Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff at The Menninger Clinic in Houston, Texas. He is also Professor of Psychiatry and Executive Vice Chair of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

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Publication date

2nd September 2008


Steven S., M. D. Sharfstein

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American Psychiatric Association Publishing


528 pages





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