Treatment methods and their adaptation to the medical setting

Methods used in the treatment of psychiatric disorder in the medically ill are not very different from those used in general psychiatry. They include medication and insight-oriented, psychoeducational, or cognitive-behavioural treatments aimed at patients and their families (in a patients' or relatives' group), and education for the treatment staff. Their adaptation to the medical setting requires that account is taken of the severity of the disturbances and that the following questions are answered.

• Will the psychiatric treatment be performed by the psychiatrist or the physician?

• What aspects, if any, of the medical condition or its treatment will affect the psychiatric treatment?

• How will the psychiatric condition or its treatment affect the medical disease and its treatment?

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