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Consultation-liaison psychiatry is the discipline encompassing the study and practice of psychiatric disorders in patients with medical, surgical, obstetrical, and neurological conditions, particularly for patients with complex and/or chronic conditions.

Physicians specializing in consultation-liaison psychiatry have expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders in complex medically ill patients. The practice of consultation-liaison psychiatry requires comprehensive knowledge of patients with acute or chronic medical, neurological, or surgical illness in which psychiatric morbidity affects their medical care and/or quality of life, patients with somatoform disorder or with psychological factors in which psychiatric morbidity affects a physical condition, and patients with a psychiatric disorder that is the direct consequence of a primary medical condition.