I. N. BERLIN, M.D.
It is estimated that more than 50 per cent of patients with psychosomatic disorders fail to follow through on referrals for psychiatric treatment.
Experience over the past five years has aroused my interest in the problems of referral. These experiences were both in private psychiatric treatment of patients with psychosomatic disorders, and as psychiatric consultant to a university hospital psychosomatic seminar attended by the medical residents. Many colleagues, both internists and psychiatrists, agree that an overwhelming number of patients referred for psychiatric care because of psychosomatic illnesses do not make the initial contact with the psychiatrist. Further, they agree that
BERLIN IN. SOME REASONS FOR FAILURES IN REFERRAL FOR PSYCHIATRIC CARE OF PATIENTS WITH PSYCHOSOMATIC ILLNESSES1. Ann Intern Med. ;40:1165–1168. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-40-6-1165
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