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Title: Child psychiatric consultations in a general hospital
Authors: Hong, C.P.H. 
Lim, L.C.C. 
Keywords: Child psychiatry
Pattern of referral
Issue Date: 1999
Citation: Hong, C.P.H.,Lim, L.C.C. (1999). Child psychiatric consultations in a general hospital. Singapore Medical Journal 40 (9) : 584-586. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Background: The referral pattern of child psychiatry was reviewed over a period of 3 years. The setting was a local general hospital with in-patient and out-patient adult psychiatric services. The cases studied were from out-patient based services rendered for children. Objective: To draw a comparison between trends of referral from a study conducted locally in 1984 in a child guidance clinic. Methods: A questionnaire was used to collect demographic information for children below 16 years. Medical records of patients seen between January 1992 and December 1994 were analysed. Results: In our study, parental referrals topped the list of source of referrals compared to referrals from school health service in the study conducted in 1984. The conditions commonly seen remained the same, namely mental retardation, neurosis and adjustment reaction. Conclusion: Children were referred according to parent tolerance and acceptance of psychiatric help as well as behaviour.
Source Title: Singapore Medical Journal
ISSN: 00375675
Appears in Collections:Staff Publications

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