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Psychiatric assessment 

Psychiatric assessment
Psychiatric assessment

David Semple

and Roger Smyth

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date: 22 April 2021

This chapter explains how to conduct a psychiatric assessment. Starting with the basics of a clinical interview, including how to arrange a room and take a history, specific observations to look out for in the patient are described in detail. Methods of asking questions about specific psychiatric problems are discussed, including how to broach difficult topics. The physical effects associated with psychiatric disorders are defined, and some common assessment instruments are also featured.

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