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Urgent crisis psychiatric care programs

Yen Kuang Yang, Tzung Lieh Yeh, Chwen Cheng Chen, Chih Kuei Lee, I Hui Lee, Li-Ching Lee, Keith J Jeffries
Three months after the devastating Chi-Chi earthquake (magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale) struck the central area of Taiwan, 663 victims were screened for psychiatric morbidity at a local general hospital in a community mental health program. The rate of psychiatric morbidity as defined by the 12-item Chinese Health Questionnaire as greater than 4, was 24.5%. Posttraumatic symptoms were still prevalent. The rate of posttraumatic stress disorder was 11.3%, and the rate of partial PTSD was 32.0%. Variables associated with the presence of psychiatric morbidity and posttraumatic symptoms included female gender, old age, financial loss, obsessive trait, and nervous trait...
July 2003: General Hospital Psychiatry
R Tummey
The National Service Framework for Mental Health was launched in October 1999 and detailed the standards required for an effective and robust service (DoH 1999). Within North Solihull, a quick response initiative for urgent referrals to the mental health team has been in operation for the past five years. It is a nurse-led service that appears to meet some of the standards set, including collaboration with primary care and suicide prevention. This article identifies the benefits of a nurse-led service to combat the growing need for urgent assessment...
September 12, 2001: Nursing Standard
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