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The psychiatric examination in the walk-in clinic. Hypothesis generation and hypothesis testing.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1247368     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Rapid assessment for decision making is a major goal of the initial psychiatric interview in walk-in clinics, emergency psychiatric services, and the ambulatory services of community mental health centers. To accomplish this task, the clinician must learn to elicit specific data to confirm or refute clinical hypotheses rather than gather a complete history. This report, in formulating a hypothesis generating and testing approach for the initial psychiatric examination, proposes 16 hypotheses that organize the clinical data necessary for most decisions. This approach is intended to help the clinician make efficient use of limited time, guard him from coming to premature closure in the collection of data, and provide a stimulus for the exploration of relevant but neglected clinical questions.
A Lazare
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Archives of general psychiatry     Volume:  33     ISSN:  0003-990X     ISO Abbreviation:  Arch. Gen. Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1976 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1976-03-18     Completed Date:  1976-03-18     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0372435     Medline TA:  Arch Gen Psychiatry     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  96-102     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Affective Symptoms / diagnosis
Community Mental Health Services*
Interview, Psychological / methods*
Mental Disorders / diagnosis*,  therapy
Social Environment
Social Isolation
Stress, Psychological
Time Factors

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