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The Social State: A proposed new element in the standard psychiatric assessment

  • P. G. Campbell (a1) and G. I. Szmukler (a2)
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As psychiatry broadens its perspective beyond a predominantly hospital focus, the tools of its trade need some reshaping to serve the needs of an altered working environment. The instrument indispensable to every psychiatrist is the scheme for assessment, comprising history-taking and examination of the mental (and physical) state. Honed by long familiarity and usage, its employment is the fundamental skill demanded of aspirants to medical practice and to psychiatry.

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Royal College of Psychiatrists (1989) Guidelines for Good Medical Practice in Discharge and Aftercare Procedures for Patients discharged from In-patient Psychiatric Treatment: Council Report CR8. London: The Royal College of Psychiatrists.
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The Social State: A proposed new element in the standard psychiatric assessment

  • P. G. Campbell (a1) and G. I. Szmukler (a2)
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