Year: 1977 Source: Lancet, (November 19 1977), p.1067-1068 SIEC No: 19820769

Of 100 consecutive referrals to a clinic for urgent psychiatric assessment only a third (34 patients) were considered to warrant such urgent attention. In 29 of the 34 cases the patient’s behavior-either intent to harm himself or unpredictable behavior that alarmed the referring agent-was the most important consideration for urgent assessment.