Jefferson Journal of Psychiatry


Psychiatric consultations for the demented elderly are often required and requested by the Medical service. With the rise in the number of demented elderly being housed in acute care hospitals, the need.for these consultations is increasing. In this paper, the author presents a case and discusses the role of the consultant in (1) diagnostics, (2) therapeutics, (3) assessment of involuntary vs. voluntary placement in an institution, (4) medical staff education, (5) family education, and (6) the management of evoked feelings and countertransference among the medical and nursing staff.

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