In order to evaluate psychiatric consultation work with hospitalized medical patients, we have undertaken a series of comparative, controlled studies at the University of Florida Teaching Hospital. The purpose of this investigation is to ascertain medical inpatients' reactions to referring physicians as a result of the requests for psychiatric consultations. No comparable studies are found in the literature, although attitudes toward psychiatry have been studied by Brady and his coworkers,1-3 Gynther,4 Nunnally and Kittross,5 and others6-9 who found that more favorable attitudes were associated with higher sociocultural status and personal contacts with mental health professionals. Inconsistent results from these studies are attributed to the use of selected subjects by different investigators. However, these studies, with the exception of a paper by Backner and Kissinger10 do not contain references to medical inpatients' attitudes toward psychiatry or to referring physicians.
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