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Medical history-taking in psychiatry

  • Michael Phelan and Grant Blair
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A good medical history is an essential starting point in ensuring that the physical health needs of people with severe mental illness are addressed. Psychiatrists have an important role in helping to tackle the general ill health, excess of undiagnosed physical illness and reduced survival rates among their patients. To do this they need to use their medical training, communication skills and regular contact with patients. Assessments should include family history, past and current physical health, medication, lifestyle, healthcare and physical symptoms. Some groups of patients will need more detailed assessments.

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