The Consultation Liaison Psychiatry Service at Yale New Haven Hospital provides psychiatric care to adult patients admitted to medical, surgical and obstetric units of the hospital. This area of psychiatry is also known as psychosomatic medicine.
The service assists with the evaluation and treatment of psychiatric conditions related to medical illness, whether these are physiological, such as delirium related to infection, or psychological, such as emotional reactions to illness. The service also assists in medical conditions related to psychiatric illness, such as anorexia nervosa, or to psychiatric treatment, such as side effects of psychotropic medications. Over 2,000 consultations are seen each year.
The service includes 8 full or part-time faculty attending psychiatrists, as well as fellows, residents, medical students and other trainees.
Active areas of research include methods for identifying and providing appropriate medical health care to hospitalized patients, particularly with regard to how psychiatric issues may lead to delay of care, approaches to education of medical providers in motivational interventions with substance abusing patients, psychiatric aspects of cardiovascular surgery and ventricular assist devices; prediction of suicide and self-injurious behaviors, and other issues in the psychiatric care of the medically ill.