St. Luke’s International Hospital

St. Luke’s International Hospital

Psychosomatic Medicine

Overview

Other than patients with panic disorders, chronic headaches and eating disorders, there are many that come to us who suffer with general malaise.

We aim to holistically evaluate and resolve our patients’ problems from biological, psychological and social aspects. There are quite a few patients who have visited numerous medical institutions without receiving a proper diagnosis. Due to this, we take plenty of time at the first consultation. However, because we need to respond to a vast number of referred patients with only two full-time doctors and a part-time doctor, external hospital and clinic cooperation are essential.

We put strong effort in initial intervention at outpatient consultations and offer a certain level of specialized evaluation in order to refer patients to the appropriate clinic. For hospital care, we respond to hospitalization requests and return patients to their regional clinic once the treatment is complete. We seek the cooperation from our patients so that such hospital and clinic cooperation can be operated smoothly. Everything is conducted by appointment and a referral letter is necessary for first-visits.

Diseases and Expertise

  • Psychosomatic Disease
  • General Malaise
  • Panic Disorder
  • Anorexia (Eating Disorders)
  • Orthostatic Disturbance

Results

400-500 First-Visit Patients Each Year

The breakdown of first-visits: anxiety disorder 25%, mood disorder 25%, psychosomatic disease/ somatoform disorder 30%, adjustment disorder, eating disorder, etc. There is a wide age distribution of patients.

Treatment is centered on drug therapy and lifestyle guidance. Depending on the necessity, hospitalization in the internal medicine ward is available. Since it is a care in the medical ward, it is a short-term hospitalization with limited objectives.

Our department does not have a psychologist. We will refer you to an appropriate facility when counseling is necessary.

Because we are not a Psychiatry department, we do not have a designated psychiatrist certified by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry. We do not offer services that require this certification.

The patient must want to be “cured” and this feeling is most important with the diseases handled at our department. Treatment is not effective if the patient only relies upon others and large medical institutions. We suggest patients with schizophrenia, manic depression, alcohol dependence, obsessional neurosis, insomnia, suicidal ideation and possibility of self-harm/violence to visit the Psychiatry department.

Results

Outpatients (FY 2012)

First Visit 484 people
Revisit 7,200 persons
Consultation with a Referral from Other Departments 334 cases

Hospital Admission (FY 2012)

Real Number 51 people
Average Length of Stay 31.5 days
Consultation with a Referral from Other Departments 287 cases

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