Obtaining Information from the Patient

  • Seymour L. Halleck
Part of the Critical Issues in Psychiatry book series (CIPS)


Psychiatric evaluation is a process in which the physician seeks to obtain as much relevant information as possible about the patient. This process is, of course, subject to the constraints of time. Even in the most rarefied academic atmosphere, there is rarely sufficient time to do as complete an examination as the clinician might wish. It is helpful for the examiner to begin the interview with some idea of how much time is available, and what specific information will be sought. As a rule, the information garnered in the psychiatric evaluation must also be communicated to other professionals or social agencies. Hence, the physician must also have some idea about how much information will be recorded in the patient’s chart.


Personality Disorder Psychiatric Patient Family Health History Present Illness Psychiatric Training 
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© Plenum Publishing Corporation 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • Seymour L. Halleck
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  1. 1.University of North CarolinaChapel HillUSA

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