Mental Status Assessment of an Un-cooperative Patient. Case The psychiatric mental status examination includes cognitive screening to understand .. Many a times, the clinicians are faced with non-cooperative patients. the mental status of an un-cooperative patient is given by Kirby () and assessment. It includes conceptual models, matching patients with typical typologies, . Although separate schedules for the examination of non-cooperative patients exist,[14] . Kirby GH. Guides for history taking and clinical examination of psychiatric. Often, agitated patients are uncooperative or unable to give a relevant on the patient’s mental status examination, to guide the appropriate course of care.

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Search the history of over billion web pages on the Internet. These were furnished the physicians in typewritten form. Their practical value was quickly esamination with the result that they were adopted as the standard method of clinical study, not only in the New York State Hospitals, but in many other kieby throughout the country. A number of changes and additions to the guides have been made with the pas- sage of time and the advance of psychiatric knowledge, but there has been no uncoperative from the general plan origin- ally formulated by Dr.

Meyer for history taking and clinical examination of mental cases. There has long been a demand that the guides be made available for use in permanent printed form. The decision of the State Hospital Commission to publish the guides gave the editor an opportunity to revise and amplify them in several directions and to add considerable new material which has been accumulated as the result of the experience of recent years.

The guide for the study of the personality make-up is based on the well known work of Hoch and Amsden and fol- lows in a general way the outline prepared by Dr. Hoch for use in the State Hospitals while he was Director of the Institute. Cheney, Assistant Director of the Insti- tute helped materially in the revision, and the guide for the study of body development and the endocrine glands is almost entirely his work.

Gibbs of the Institute Staff assisted in revising the anamesis guide. From various physicians in the New York State service helpful suggestions have been received. The Editor parient to acknowledge particularly the assistance rendered by Dr. Physicians taking up psychiatry should, therefore, first of all, try to perfect themselves in the art of history taking and strive to develop a good technique for the examination of mental patients. Method and technique are certainly just as important in psychiatry as in any branch of internal medicine or clinical diagnosis.

Owing to the variety and complexity of the situations dealt with in the investigation of life histories and the difficulties encountered in the examination of many types of mental disorder, the physician who approaches a case without a definite plan in mind is certain to overlook im- portant facts or permit the patient to lead too much in the examination, often with the result that the time is not spent to the best advantage.

One of the chief obstacles in developing a satisfactory scheme has lain in the difficulty of devising guides that would meet the requirements of the widely differing types of cases without at the same time becoming too cumbersome and involved uncooperativw practical clinical application.

Further- more, the kind of guidance needed by one beginning psychi- atric work is quite different from that required by an experienced clinician.

One unfamiliar with the guides presented in the following pages will perhaps at first feel that they are too elaborate and go too much into detail; especially is this likely to be the patientt of one who must examine fairly rapidly a large number of cases, a situation which, unfortunately, often confronts physicians in state hospitals.

The fact that work must sometimes be done under conditions unfavorable for the best and most satis- factory results furnishes no valid reason for objection to a method which aims at a higher level of thoroughness and completeness.

The guides present in some detail the various topics which it is essential to paient in mind if cases are to be care- fully and adequately studied. It is not expected that one would, even under ideal conditions, undertake to follow out in every case every line of inquiry suggested in the various guides. The guides contain a good deal of information and various tests which should be available when needed.

One ‘s experience lf judgment must decide how far it is desirable or necessary to push the examination in this or that direc- tion.

Thorough familiarity with the guides and the general plan of study outlined will give the physician a solid foun- dation on which to develop good psychiatric technique and clinical skill, will make the daily work more interesting and valuable, and will qualify him to make special clinical studies and investigations as opportunities arise. Birth and Early Development II. Examintion and Social Development HI.


Sexual Development and Function TV. Diseases and Injuries V.

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Etiologic Factors and Precipitating Causes 4. In the study of mental cases nothing is more important than a good account of the previous history of the patient, the physical and mental development, and the manner in which the psychosis began.

Without this information it will be quite impossible in many cases to understand the nature of the disorder or to make a satis- factory diagnostic grouping of the cases. It is therefore essential to devote as much time and care as possible to the obtaining of full and reliable statements from visitors.

It requires time and experience to become proficient in this aspect of psychiatric work. In mental cases the practice should be to try always to get the anamnesis from relatives or friends, as in many instances one cannot depend on the patient for the previous history as is usually done in general medical cases. A number of interviews with the same informant, or with different members of the family, or friends, will in most cases he necessary in order to obtain a correct estimate of the family stock and traits and to get a satisfactory ac- count of the patient’s life and mental breakdown.

It is particularly difficult to obtain a good anamnesis by means of correspondence or through attendants, although the latter often do very well if an effort is made to train them by some systematic instruction in history taking and in the use of suitable guides or forms. Trained psychiatric social work- ers may often be of great assistance in getting histories and the physician should not neglect to utilize to the fullest extent the services of the social worker in securing the desired information.

In the following guide various important lines of inquiry are taken up under certain general headings. This is done for purposes of convenience and systematic approach, but 10 the sequence suggested need not in all cases be followed. It must also be constantly borne in mind that a psychiatric history portrays growth, development and change a stream of events and the reaction to them, so that an ac- count of the individual as to tendencies or health at one period may be quite different from that of another time of life.

There are some advantages in dividing up the descriptions roughly into the periods of infancy and child- hood, puberty, adult life, involution, senescence all of which have special features, physical and mental, that are of great psychiatric importance. Before the anamnesis is considered complete, all of the topics mentioned should be covered by an appropriate in- quiry.

But common sense and judgment must be used in deciding just what amount of detailed investigation the different topics call for. We learn by experience where to place the emphasis and in what direction to press our in- quiries. The anamnesis of a case of senile psychosis will be taken with a different object in view than that pursued in a case of dementia prsecox. The use of short summarizing headings for the different paragraphs or topics is advised, as these render it easy to get rapidly the salient facts from a case history.

The headings should, however, be brief and concise and not simply a somewhat shorter statement of what is to follow in the paragraph. In cases where there are no relatives or visitors and the patient must give the’ previous history, it is advised that this be recorded in the usual form of an anamnesis and be placed, as is customary, in the front part of the case record rather than incorporated in that division of the mental status dealing with memory tests and the patient’s ability to give personal data.

In some cases it will, of course, not be possible to take an anamnesis from the patient until the more disturbed phase of the psychosis has subsided or even until convalescence has set in.

Case histories often lose a great deal of their value because no anamnesis was 11 obtained from the patient before discharge or from the visitor who came to take the patient home.

It is suggested that the physician always have the guide at hand when the visitors are interviewed. In addition the physician should have before him the following: The commitment paper or a typewritten copy of it if the patient is a committed one.

Psychiatric assessment and the art and science of clinical medicine

It is important to go over the statements of the relatives and the patient con- tained in the paper. Very often relatives deny statements made to the committing physicians or give quite a different account of happenings preceding the patient’s admission than that recorded in the commitment paper. This should be filled in as far as pos- sible at the time the anamnesis is taken because many of the items require special inquiry if accurate statistical data are to be obtained.


It is also important to complete as much of the data sheet at this first interview as possible because of certain information called for in death certifi- ujcooperative, in questions of legal residence, in deportation pro- ceedings, etc.

Relationship to patient 4. Intelligence and reliability Record any mental or physical abnormality observed in the informant and other relatives seen. Subsequent family history and observations made on relatives may be recorded examinattion an addition to the family history and inserted in the case record.

The family history furnishes evidence as to the hereditary examijation as well as the environmental influences. In addition to a history of definite psychosis or nervous disease, it is desirable to secure evidence of the various less direct and specific uncoperative which throw light on the social reactions and intellectual development as well as the physical make- up and defects of the different members of the family.

Deviations from normal may not be manifest in the same way in each generation. A member of one generation may show evidence of endocrine disturbance in the form of goiter, while a member of the previous generation may have displayed undooperative disturbed metabolism of diabetes. It is not sufficient to ask simply the general question: A great many persons will answer in the negative, whereas, a detailed inquiry will often bring out a number of in- stances of nervous or mental troubles.

In a similar way questions regarding physical defects and diseases in the ancestors must be as specific as possible. All questions should be put in non-technical terms, and judgment and 13 discrimination must be used in accepting as a settled fact diagnoses or causes of death as given by the informant.

A descriptive statement as a rule is much preferable to a one-word diagnosis. In order to cover the ground satisfactorily specific in- quiry should be made concerning each member of the family indicated below and the data recorded in the sequence given. If the informant has no knowledge regarding any individual of the given generations, it should invariably be mentioned in order that in our statistical studies we may be able to put together the cases about which we have the facts and exclude those about which we have no infor- mation.

It is not permissible merely to say that the family history is od One may, therefore, usually make a statement that the history is negative only in reference to a particular generation or branch. The direct line includes 1. Children in family, siblings or brothers and sisters of patient. Record in order of birth, including still-births and those dead.

Children of patient, give in order patoent birth. The collateral line includes Uncles, aunts, and cousins.

The aim should be to obtain as complete information as possible regarding all members of the direct line and to gather as many facts as is feasible regarding the collateral lines. With this object in view, the history of examimation individ- ual of the different generations, as above indicated, must 14 be systematically recorded. The data may be conveniently arranged and classified as follows: Name, relationship to the patient, living or dead, age, cause of death, occupation 2.

Alcoholism, drug addiction, or exposure to other toxic exog- enous agents 7. Physical defects and diseases: Birth and early development Present age Date of birth Place of birth Mother’s condition during pregnancy Character of labor Unusual incidents or complications General health in infancy and childhood: Robust, delicate or sickly Infantile and childhood diseases Age, severity and complications Injuries Spasms Convulsions Bed-wetting When stopped Talked and walked at what age Disposition as a child Docile, happy, cranky, peevish, fretful Tantrums or fits of temper Night terrors, fears, frights, chorea Was growth regular, slow, or rapid.

Any special period of rapid growth Thin or fat Nose bleeding: Character, location, periodicity II. Intellectual and Social Development Infancy and childhood: Sexual Development and Function 1.

Age at puberty or when first shaved, or when voice changed Masturbation, when begun, how long continued Frequency 16 Sexual activity: Age and accompanying symp- toms 2. Psycho-sexual Unusual childhood interests or curiosity Adolescent interests.

Abnormal love attachments or perversions Family situation: Love affairs and disappointments Sexual irregularities, seduction or prostitution Reasons for marriage or for single life Treatment of partner abuse, separation, divorce IV.

Uncoooperative and Injuries 1. What sickness has patient had since child- hood Were any mental symptoms associated Gastro-intestinal, cardio-vascular, renal, or urinary disorders Gout Convulsions, fainting attacks, migraine 17 2.

Evidence of active infection, uncooperativw of weight, cough, hemoptysis, weakness, hematuria, pleurisy, adenitis, night sweats, etc.