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Table 2 Main clinical problem area seen and type of intervention for LPS at 18 acute hospitals according to LP professional background and location

From: The nature and activity of liaison mental services in acute hospital settings: a multi-site cross sectional study

 ResponsesLP professional backgroundLocation of referral
n (%)Dr n (%)Nurse n (%)ED n (%)Ward n (%)
Main clinical problem
 Adjustment to illness89 (4.9)24 (4.4)42 (3.8)4 (0.7)61 (6.1)
 Medical unexplained symptoms53 (2.9)25 (4.6)22 (2)4 (0.7)26 (2.6)
 Psychiatric symptoms640 (35.5)198 (36.1)385 (35)225 (38.8)343 (34.2)
 Cognitive impairment281 (15.6)120 (21.9)140 (12.7)8 (1.4)266 (26.5)
 Self-harm417 (23.1)90 (16.4)303 (27.5)219 (37.8)140 (14)
 Acute behaviour disturbance111 (6.1)55 (10)49 (4.5)26 (4.5)79 (7.9)
 Alcohol and/or drugs150 (8.3)29 (5.3)115 (10.4)83 (14.3)54 (5.4)
 Other64 (3.5)8 (1.5)45 (4.1)11 (1.9)34 (3.4)
 Total1805 (100)549 (100)1101 (100)580 (100)1003 (100)
Type of Intervention
 Assessment and diagnosis formulation750 (32.9)222 (30.5)459 (33.4)257 (34.1)428 (34.6)
 Providing advice/signposting512 (22.5)132 (18.2)344 (25)191 (25.4)259 (20.9)
 Management of risk504 (22.1)134 (18.4)352 (25.6)242 (32.1)189 (15.3)
 Assessment of mental capacity/MHA94 (4.1)59 (8.1)33 (2.4)25 (3.3)58 (4.7)
 Medication management160 (7.0)109 (15)46 (3.3)6 (0.8)125 (10.1)
 Management of disturbed behaviour123 (5.4)57 (7.8)58 (4.2)16 (2.1)100 (8.1)
 Other135 (5.9)14 (1.9)83 (6)16 (2.1)79 (6.4)
 Total2278 (100)727 (100)1375 (100)753 (100)1238 (100)