Aim & Scope
General Hospital Psychiatry explores the linkages and interfaces among psychiatry, medicine and primary care. The Journal emphasizes a biopsychosocial approach to illness and health, and provides a forum for communication among professionals with clinical, academic, and research interests in psychiatry's essential function in "the mainstream of medicine." Building upon those liaison consultation and psychiatric services which have burgeoned in the general hospital setting, the Journal expands beyond this base to encourage new contributions to the understanding and treatment of illness - in inpatient, ambulatory, and community settings. Studies of multisystem relationships of life stresses, physical experience, psychosocial factors, interpersonal and intrapsychic reactions, family structure, ecological change, and institutional forces are especially relevant to the Journal's objectives. General Hospital Psychiatry publishes original articles on biopsychosocial approaches to medicine; liaison-consultation psychiatry; the relationship of psychiatric services to general medical systems; and new directions in medical education which stress psychiatry's role in primary care, family practice, and continuing education. It also features Brief Communications, News and Notes, Book Reviews, and Medical Psychiatric Rounds, of interest to physicians and other professionals and students in this field.
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