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(p. 17) Conducting a Mental Status Examination 

(p. 17) Conducting a Mental Status Examination
(p. 17) Conducting a Mental Status Examination

Robert W. Baker

and Paula T. Trzepacz

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date: 25 June 2021

Chapter 2 discusses conducting a mental health examination, which provides the database for psychiatric assessment and differential diagnosis. It comprises the observed and objective portion of the evaluation, along with results of laboratory and radiological testing. Although the MSE is part of a thorough physical examination, it is usually more comprehensive when performed by a psychiatrist or psychologist than when performed by other physicians. Except for the cognitive and language portions of the MSE, which usually are administered in a structured fashion, much of the MSE is semistructured, and information is obtained throughout an interview. The following material describes a standard format for documenting the MSE, along with some advice for its performance. During assessments for follow-up, only particular portions of the MSE may be emphasized. This outline for the MSE has six sections and is derived from our textbook, The Psychiatric Mental Status Examination.

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