The mental status exam explained by david j robinson 2002 02 15 paperback 50 out of 5 stars 5 19252 interview guide for evaluation of dsm iv disorders paperback zimmerman 46 out of 5 stars 178 746 the psychiatric mental status examination hardcover paula t trzepacz. Othe mental status examination describes the sum total of the examiner s observations and impressions of the psychiatric patient at the time of the interview owhereas the patients history remains stable the patients mental status can change from day to day or hour to hour oeven when a patient is mute is incoherent or. The mental status examination is a structured assessment of the patients behavioral and cognitive functioning it includes descriptions of the patients appearance and general behavior level of consciousness and attentiveness motor and speech activity mood and affect thought and perception attitude and insight the reaction evoked in the examiner and finally higher cognitive abilities. The mental status examination robert m house md 1 what is the mental status examination the mental status examination mse is a component of all medical exams and may be viewed as the psychological equivalent of the physical exam it is especially important in neurologic and psychiatric evaluations the purpose is to. The mini mental state examination mmse or folstein test is a 30 point questionnaire that is used extensively in clinical and research settings to measure cognitive impairment it is commonly used in medicine and allied health to screen for dementia it is also used to estimate the severity and progression of cognitive impairment and to follow
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