A Logical Basis for the Structure of Multi-Axial Descriptions of Psychiatric Patients

  • John E. Cooper

Abstract

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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References

  1. Cooper, J.E. (1980) The description and classification of social disability by means of a taxonomic hierarchy. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, Supplement 285. Vol 62.Google Scholar
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1985

Authors and Affiliations

  • John E. Cooper
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  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of NottinghamUK

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