Reeves R, Bullen J. A standardized form for DSM-IV review of symptoms and mental status examination for students and residents. J Am Osteopath Assoc 1995;95(6):381. doi: 10.7556/jaoa.19126.96.36.1991.
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A common error by medical students and residents is the inadvertent omission of some part of the mental status examination or failure to screen for a psychiatric diagnosis that is not evident on the patient's presentation. The authors introduce a structured questionnaire and standardized form to guide psychiatric and generalist medical trainees through the mental status examination. Based on criteria from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders--Fourth Edition (DSM-IV), the questionnaire and form are intended to facilitate a psychiatric review of patients without missing key points.
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