Emergency psychiatry in the 21st century: critical issues for the future.

@article{Bruffaerts2008EmergencyPI,
  title={Emergency psychiatry in the 21st century: critical issues for the future.},
  author={Ronny Bruffaerts and Marc B. Sabbe and Koen Demyttenaere},
  journal={European journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={15 5},
  pages={276-8}
}
Throughout decades of deinstitutionalization, the primary purpose of psychiatric emergency facilities has been defined as rapid referral of patients, triaging those who need 'emergent' care for their mental or emotional problems from those who do not. However, a merely triage-based conceptualization of the psychiatric emergency room does not take into account the ever increasing number of patients, the low accessibility of specialized services, the high need for early recognition of mental… CONTINUE READING