Gerontopsychiatrischer konsiliardienst

Translated title of the contribution: Gerontopsychiatric consultation service

Tilman Wetterling*, Klaus Junghanns

*Corresponding author for this work
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In the discussion of the increasing costs of health care in Germany the frequent and often times long inpatient treatments of elderly patients are pointed out. Since these patients also suffer from psychiatric disorders very frequently, a psychiatric consultation is required rather often. This study was aimed to evaluate the requirements of a consultation service for elder inpatients. For this purpose all 9363 consultation reports from 1994 to 1998 were evaluated retrospectively. 2152 (31.4%) of the patients visited by the psychiatric consultation service were over 64 years old. The most frequent diagnoses were organic brain syndrome (ICD-10: F0), particularly senile dementia (ICD-10: F0-03), adjustment disorder (ICD-10: F43) and affective disorders, particularly depressive disorders (ICD-10: F3). In 139 patients (6,5%) a consultation was requested because of a suicidal attempt prior to admission. Our results suggest that in a gerontopsychiatric consultation service predominantely old patients with internal diseases and with the need of psychosocial help are visited and that the specific knowledge of psychopharmacological treatment in multimorbid patients as well as the psychosocial help and legal advice is requested. These aspects should therefore be a special focus in educational programs for a gerontopsychiatric consultation service.

Translated title of the contributionGerontopsychiatric consultation service
Original languageGerman
JournalPsychiatrische Praxis
Issue number6
Pages (from-to)311-314
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 09.2002

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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