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Usefulness of screening EEGs in a psychiatric inpatient population.
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PMID:  2211548     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Many clinicians presume that a screening electroencephalogram (EEG) is useful in differentiating psychiatric from neurologic disorders. In a retrospective review of 698 charts of psychiatric inpatients, the authors assessed the usefulness of screening EEGs. Usefulness was defined as leading to a change in diagnosis or treatment. While 31% of screening EEGs were abnormal, only 1.7% of cases led to a change in diagnosis that might otherwise have been missed. It is unclear whether the EEG is a useful screening test on the basis of these results. Caution is warranted in interpreting these results because of the inaccuracies inherent in any retrospective review. Prospective studies are needed to better define EEG's usefulness in psychiatry.
M D Warner; N N Boutros; C A Peabody
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of clinical psychiatry     Volume:  51     ISSN:  0160-6689     ISO Abbreviation:  J Clin Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1990 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-11-01     Completed Date:  1990-11-01     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7801243     Medline TA:  J Clin Psychiatry     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  363-4     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, University of Texas Medical School, Houston.
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MeSH Terms
Brain / physiopathology
Delirium, Dementia, Amnestic, Cognitive Disorders / diagnosis,  physiopathology
Diagnosis, Differential
Electroencephalography / standards*
Evaluation Studies as Topic
Mental Disorders / diagnosis*,  physiopathology
Middle Aged
Nervous System Diseases / diagnosis,  physiopathology
Comment In:
J Clin Psychiatry. 1992 Sep;53(9):327-8   [PMID:  1517196 ]

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