In Reply We agree with Drs Davydow and Katon that there is a need to better integrate mental health concerns into the care of patients who are hospitalized primarily for nonmental health problems.
Eliciting a history of prior psychiatric diagnoses and treatments, as well as paying attention to acute problems such as anxiety or depression, are important ways to help patients become less vulnerable during the postdischarge period.
Detsky AS, Krumholz HM. Addressing the Trauma of Hospitalization—Reply. JAMA. 2014;312(16):1697. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.10179