The referral rates of psychiatric patients in Nepal are very low,
considering the higher rates of psychiatric morbidity in patients who attend
various departments of a general hospital. Studying the pattern of psychiatric
referrals may facilitate the management of the mentally ill in a comprehensive and
holistic manner.

Materials and methods:

The study was conducted at Western Regional Hospital (WRH) over the period of one year.

The patients referred from different departments were assessed by the consultant


A total of 816 patients were referred for psychiatric
consultation out of which majority was from department of medicine and the
most common reason for referral was anxiety disorder.


Multidisciplinary interaction is beneficial to identify the psychiatric morbidity in
the patients who attend general hospital.

Keywords: Psychiatric referral, anxiety, mental health