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Articles  |   June 1995
A standardized form for DSM-IV review of symptoms and mental status examination for students and residents
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Articles   |   June 1995
A standardized form for DSM-IV review of symptoms and mental status examination for students and residents
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 1995, Vol. 95, 381. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1995.95.6.381
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 1995, Vol. 95, 381. doi:10.7556/jaoa.1995.95.6.381
Abstract

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.