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Seminars in Liaison Psychiatry (2nd edition)

Edited by Elspeth Guthrie, Sanjay Rao and Melanie Temple

Price: £35.00

Members' discount available

Published: Mar 2012

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 528

ISBN: 9781908020345

Seminars in Liaison Psychiatry (2nd edition)

Seminars in Liaison Psychiatry provides an up-to-date review of this important psychiatric specialty. Packed with practical advice for clinicians carrying out psychiatric assessment and treatment in the general hospital setting, the second edition has been expanded to cover a wide range of common clinical areas at the interface between physical and psychological health.

There are new chapters on alcohol and substance misuse in the general hospital, HIV and liaison psychiatry, palliative care, disaster management and psychosexual problems. For liaison psychiatrists involved in developing new services, there are chapters on service development and management, while trainees about to sit the MRCPsych examinations can test themselves using the multiple-choice questions (MCQs) and extended matching items (EMIs) provided.

  • Expert practical advice.
  • Synthesis of current evidence and best practice.
  • Comprehensive coverage of this expanding field.
  • Self-test chapter for trainees.

About the editors:
Elspeth Guthrie – Professor of Psychological Medicine and Medical Psychotherapy, Manchester Royal Infirmary.
Sanjay Rao – Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Dalhousie University, and Head of Psychiatry, Annapolis Valley Health, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Melanie Temple – Consultant Liaison Psychiatrist, Darlington Memorial Hospital, Darlington.


1. Basic skills and competencies in liaison psychiatry Allan House and Hiroko Akagi
2. The liaison psychiatry curriculum Damien Longson
3. Classification and diagnosis Gopinath Ranjith
4. Capacity and consent Eleanor Feldman
5. Psychological reaction to physical illness Elspeth Guthrie and Ayanangshu Nayak
6. Medically unexplained symptoms Elspeth Guthrie and Ayanangshu Nayak
7. Alcohol and substance use in the general hospital Tom Carnworth
8. Accident and emergency psychiatry and self-harm Helen Linnington, Allan Johnston, Paul Gill and Navneet Kapur
9. Perinatal psychiatry Renuka Lazarus
10. General medicine and its specialties Geoffrey G. Lloyd
11. Liaison psychiatry and surgery David Protheroe
12. Neuropsychiatry for liaison psychiatrists Alan Carson, Adam Zeman and Jon Stone
13. Psycho-oncology Andrew Hodgkiss and Surya Mascarenhas
14. Palliative care psychiatry Annabel Price and Michael Hotopf
15. Sleep disorders Paul Reading
16. Weight- and eating-related issues in liaison psychiatry John F. Morgan
17. Disaster management Jonathan I. Bisson and Ian Collings
18. Liaison psychiatry and older people David Anderson and Sabu Ooman
19. Paediatric liaison psychiatry Hilary Lloyd
20. Primary care and management of long-term conditions Carolyn Chew-Graham
21. Occupational medicine Max Henderson and Sam Harvey
22. HIV and liaison psychiatry Melissa Corr
23. Sexual dysfunction Peter Trigwell
24. Psychopharmacology in the medically ill Eugene Cassidy, Tayyeb A. Tahir and Emma Morgan
25. Psychological treatments in liaison psychiatry Siobhan MacHale and Tom Brown
26. Research, audit and rating scales Peter Aitken
27. Service Models Sarah Burlinson and Stella Morris
28. Developing liaison psychiatry services Janet Butler and Melanie Temple
29. Multiple choice questions Deepak Garg and Rajdeep Sandhu

Appendix 1: Specific competencies

Appendix 2: Learning objectives with assessment guidance

Appendix 3: DSM-IV criteria for eating disorders

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Readership: This book will be invaluable to psychiatry trainees, new consultants in liaison psychiatry, specialist liaison nurses, and those involved in developing liaison services.

"This is a welcome, practical and wide-ranging book, setting out best practice in general hospital psychiatry.  Expectations are met with plenty of extra resources. Its tone is optimistic with outstanding chapters on psycho-oncology, medically unexplained symptoms and psychotherapy. ...almost every possible referal to a liaison service is covered, ending with a 'how to' of service design and business cases, and finishing with self-assessment. ...this book will become an essential resource for liaison psychiatrists."
- British Journal of Hopsital Medicine