Pediatric Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
The MGH Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Consult-Liaison Service provides care for children admitted to the MassGeneral Hospital for Children, including general medical and surgical and intensive care units. The Consult-Liaison service works to ease the suffering of children and families coping with serious illness or injury, or adjusting to the diagnosis of chronic or life threatening conditions.
The service also evaluates and assists with management of children with primary psychiatric illnesses leading to medical conditions, children with psychiatric manifestations of medical illnesses, and children with psychosomatic illness. In their liaison role, the service also works to support medical and nursing staff in the often emotionally demanding job of caring for hospitalized children and their families.
Under the leadership of Eric Hazen, M.D., Director, the Pediatric CL Service provides care to more than 300 patients each year. Common consultation requests include: adjustment disorders, mood disorders, psychosomatic illnesses, anorexia nervosa, suicide attempts, behavior problems and organic neuropsychiatric syndromes.
Specialists within the MGH Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry also provide care on an outpatient basis to the hematology-oncology, gastrointestinal, epilepsy, pain, endocrine, cystic fibrosis, transplant, multiple sclerosis and coordinated care clinics. Outpatient psychiatric consultation services for children with co-morbid medical and psychiatric difficulties are available though the Child and Adolescent Medical Psychiatry (ChAMP) Clinic.