Organization and function of academic psychiatric emergency services.

  title={Organization and function of academic psychiatric emergency services.},
  author={Glenn Currier and Michael Z Allen},
  journal={General hospital psychiatry},
  volume={25 2},
Psychiatric emergency services (PES) are evolving as freestanding, parallel components of emergency departments at many tertiary care medical centers in the U.S. While PES facilities provide an increasing percentage of first-line care for patients with psychiatric crises, the services they provide and their interactions with medical emergency services have not been systematically assessed. The purpose of this study was to examine PES structure, care processes, patient characteristics and… CONTINUE READING