Evaluation of Capacities in Psychiatry
In Chapter One, I noted that one major way in which a psychiatric evaluation differs from evaluations in other medical specialties is the extent to which it is focused on an assessment of the patient’s capacities. I also noted the failure of psychiatric educators to develop models for teaching students how to evaluate capacities. In many ways, that failure is understandable. The evaluation of capacities requires a great deal of conceptualization and speculation about the interaction of many biological, psychological, and social variables. Often, the task involves making predictions on the basis of insufficient data. Sometimes, the evaluation may even take on a moral dimension.
KeywordsDisruptive Behavior Mental Impairment Forensic Psychiatry Civil Commitment Forensic Psychiatrist
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