Psychological Medicine Service
At YNHH, the Psychological Medicine Service comprises an inpatient Consultation Service and groups of specialized clinics and inpatient operations for medical and surgical services where mental health professionals are co-located to provide diagnostic and treatment services designed to improve the overall effectiveness and efficiency of the care of patients treated in these settings.
The Consultation Service provides psychiatric consultation for all adult medical, surgical, and obstetrical/gynecological services at YNHH. Each psychiatric consultation consists of a thorough assessment and the formulation of a treatment regimen based on a careful differential diagnosis, an understanding of relevant psychosocial factors, and a knowledge of psychopharmacology. Presently this service sees about 2,500 patients per year.
Services presently that include a mental health professional(s) collocated within the service include The Transplantation Service, the Nathan Smith Clinic (for AIDS and HIV related disorders), the Comprehensive Cancer Center Survivorship Clinic, the intractable epilepsy programs of the Department of Neurology, and the Primary Care Clinic of Yale New Haven Hospital. In these settings psychiatrist and other mental health professionals see patients for diagnostic and brief treatment goals and help staff and patients address complex cognitive and emotional problems associated with the underlying medical illness and carry out research related to this clinical work.