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Countertransference effects in acutely disturbed inpatients

  • Kavita Jagarlamudi (a1) (a2), Guillermo Portillo (a1) (a3) and William R. Dubin (a4) (a5)

Abstract

Recent changes in the practice of inpatient psychiatry have minimized the emphasis on psychodynamic principles in the treatment of hospitalized patients. The concepts of transference and countertransference have taken a secondary role to rapid diagnosis, treatment and discharge. This paper explores the impact of countertransference on physician decision-making and clinical care through two case histories illustrating how countertransference can impact the assessment, treatment and management of the psychiatric inpatient. The authors discuss the concept of countertransference, its effect on physicians and hospital staff and strategies for recognizing and minimizing the impact of countertransference.

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Correspondence to: Dr Kavita Jagarlamudi, E-mail: kavijag@yahoo.com

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Countertransference effects in acutely disturbed inpatients

  • Kavita Jagarlamudi (a1) (a2), Guillermo Portillo (a1) (a3) and William R. Dubin (a4) (a5)

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