A Logical Basis for the Structure of Multi-Axial Descriptions of Psychiatric Patients
The first section of this paper is a critical discussion of the nature and purposes of what is nowadays usually called “multiaxial classification”. The characteristics of so-called “axes” are discussed, in order to examine the relationships between them. Suggestions are then made as to how the information in published multi-axial systems can be viewed in relation to the complete set of clinical and social information that comprises the conventional clinical formulation. A simple basic division into unchanging and changing categories is suggested. Finally, a particular hierarchical system of classification is suggested as suitable for classifying some physical, personal and social aspects of the patient.
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