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Psychogeriatrics is as dependent on multidisciplinary working as any other branch of psychiatry. Most patients seen for the first time will already be well known to their primary care doctor who will be able to provide invaluable information. The same frequently applies to community psychiatric nurses who now take referrals directly from general practitioners and may themselves be making referrals to the old age psychiatry service. The psychogeriatrician can save a great deal of time and effort by consulting community psychiatric nurses and general practitioners before seeing the patient or relatives.

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