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Assessment of routine laboratory screening of adult psychiatric patients presenting to an emergency centre in Cape Town

dc.contributor.authorCrede, Andreas
dc.contributor.authorGeduld, Heike
dc.contributor.authorWallis, Lee
dc.date.accessioned2012-07-26T14:43:46Z
dc.date.available2012-07-26T14:43:46Z
dc.date.issued2011-12
dc.identifier.citationCrede, A., Geduld, H. & Wallis, L. 2011. Assessment of routine laboratory screening of adult psychiatric patients presenting to an emergency centre in Cape Town. South African Medical Journal, 101(12):891-894.en_ZA
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10019.1/21874
dc.descriptionArticleen_ZA
dc.descriptionThe original publication is available at http://www.samj.org.zaen_ZA
dc.description.abstractManaging mental health patients forms part of the workload in emergency centres (ECs) throughout the Western Cape (WC), which has an estimated overall lifetime prevalence of mental health disorders of 39.4%. The Mental Health Care Act of 2002 requires that patients presenting with a mental health disorder and requiring involuntary or assisted admission be admitted to a designated hospital for 72 hours for assessment and treatment. Their entry point in most cases is via the EC, which places additional strain on emergency facilities. The high incidence of mental health disorders in adolescence, when many adult mental health conditions begin, is expected to increase because of increasing social stressors such as poverty, displacement and conflict in low-income areas.3 We can therefore expect an increasing human and financial resources burden on health care facilities.en_ZA
dc.format.extentp. 891-894
dc.language.isoen_ZAen_ZA
dc.publisherHealth and Medical Publishing Group (HMPG)en_ZA
dc.subjectRoutine laboratory screeningen_ZA
dc.subjectPsychiatric patientsen_ZA
dc.subjectMental illness -- Diagnosis -- South Africa -- Cape Townen_ZA
dc.subjectEmergency medical services -- South Africa -- Cape Townen_ZA
dc.subjectPsychiatric emergencies -- South Africa -- Cape Townen_ZA
dc.subjectCrisis intervention (Mental health services) -- South Africa -- Cape Townen_ZA
dc.titleAssessment of routine laboratory screening of adult psychiatric patients presenting to an emergency centre in Cape Townen_ZA
dc.typeArticleen_ZA
dc.description.versionPublishers' Versionen_ZA
dc.rights.holderSAMJ reserves copyright of the material publisheden_ZA


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