Author(s): Kathol RG, Harsch HH, Hall RC, Shakespeare A, Cowart T
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Abstract Medical/psychiatry units can be categorized by the level of acuity of medical and psychiatric illness. Type I units are categorized as those that primarily provide psychiatric care with a low level of medical acuity. Type II units include general medicine or medical subspecialty units that are associated with a psychiatric liaison service and provide low levels of psychiatric care to those admitted to the general medical setting. Type III and Type IV units are characterized by a true departure from the current ward settings and care for patients who have concurrent and more severe medical and psychiatric problems in a unified setting. Both of these units require special physical changes in the ward structure, additional nurse training, and coordinated physician coverage to function effectively.
This article was published in Psychosomatics
and referenced in Journal of Nursing & Care