Year: 1983 Source: General Hospital Psychiatry, v.5, no.3, (September 1983), p.171-177 SIEC No: 19850693

The author describes the treatment capabilities of a psychiatric emergency service. Psychiatric emergency facilities have become an integral part of general hospitals & the mental health system, & are used increasingly by patients. The author defines treatment goals of psychiatric emergency care as, (1) symptomatic relief, (2) maintenance of ongoing treatment & (3) referral & facilitation for entering treatment. Treatment techniques include an integration of psychologic management principles.