The Concept of Emergency Care

  • Ann W. Birk
  • Ellen L. Bassuk
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


Although it is generally assumed that emergency services provide care for persons with urgent, predominantly life-threatening problems, most emergencies are self-determined, if not actually elective.1 When a person decides to call the local crisis center or go to the emergency department for help, his decision is based on a number of considerations. These include (1) the presence of an urgent situation defying his usual standards for affect, conduct, or experience; (2) the failure of his psychosocial network to circumscribe or to ameliorate the crisis; and (3) the convenience and immediate accessibility of the emergency service.


Emergency Intervention Emergency Setting Current Crisis Psychiatric Emergency Emergency Clinician 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1984

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ann W. Birk
    • 1
  • Ellen L. Bassuk
    • 2
  1. 1.Learning Therapies, Inc.NewtonUSA
  2. 2.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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