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Year : 1989  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 171-7  

Psychiatric referrals in two general hospitals.

DR Doongaji1, RP Nadkarni2, ML Bhatawdekar3 

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D R Doongaji

A prospective study was undertaken to compare the patterns of psychiatric referrals in two general hospitals in Bombay viz. the King Edward Memorial Hospital (64 cases) and the Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre (62 cases). It was observed that depressive symptoms were the most common presenting symptoms in these patients attending either of the hospitals. Similarly, the commonest diagnoses were depression and organic mental disorder. Attempted suicide with organophosphorous compounds was the commonest reason for hospitalization at K.E.M. Hospital (p less than 0.001). A significant number of these patients were females (p less than 0.05). The psychiatric referrals at Jaslok had been hospitalized mainly for suspected medical or neurological illness (p less than 0.001). These patients belonged to higher economic strata and hence had a better paying capacity compared to patients at KEM hospital, a significant number of whom were unemployed (p less than 0.001). The duration of pre-referred illness of patients and their stay at Jaslok hospital were longer as compared to those at KEM Hospital (p less than 0.01). The number of non-relevant special investigations carried out on patients in Jaslok was more (p less than 0.01). Further analysis of diagnoses revealed that a significant number of patients at KEM Hospital were admitted as primary psychiatric illness (p less than 0.05).

How to cite this article:
Doongaji D R, Nadkarni R P, Bhatawdekar M L. Psychiatric referrals in two general hospitals. J Postgrad Med 1989;35:171-7

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Doongaji D R, Nadkarni R P, Bhatawdekar M L. Psychiatric referrals in two general hospitals. J Postgrad Med [serial online] 1989 [cited 2022 May 26 ];35:171-7
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