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Psychiatric assessment of older people 

Psychiatric assessment of older people
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Psychiatric assessment of older people
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Alan Thomas

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199644957.003.0009
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date: 23 November 2017

The venue for assessment varies but given the choice there are substantial advantages in the first assessment being conducted at home. The aims of the assessment are to do more than achieve a diagnosis, though this is crucial; the aim should also be to produce a holistic assessment of all needs leading to the involvement a range of appropriate professionals in health and social care services to address these needs and carry out their own specialist assessments. Information from informants will supplement that of the patient and enable completion of all the important domains in the psychiatric history. The mental state examination will include a special emphasis on cognitive assessment and a brief physical looking for neurological signs is important.

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