The physical examination in psychiatric practice: Part 1

by Dr Gill Garden

 

Last updated: October 2014

 

Failure to conduct a physical examination of a psychiatric patient has potentially serious implications.

 

Death rates among psychiatric patients are much higher than in the general population, with higher rates of physical disorder across the entire range of mental disorders.

 

Yet, British studies have reported the recording of physical examination carried out by psychiatric trainees to be ‘uniformly poor’ or ‘variable’: there appears to be a need for a far more conscientious provision of physical healthcare within psychiatry.

 

How can this be achieved and what barriers are there to overcome?

 

This module, The physical examination in psychiatric practice: Part 1 begins with an overview of the current practice of physical examination in psychiatry, giving advice on what to consider, practical requirements and how to make assessments in sometimes difficult circumstances.

 

Section 4 of this module begins the enquiry into a patient's physical health by looking at the nervous system. In The physical examination in psychiatric practice: Part 2, the remaining systems and related types of examination will be covered.

 

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If you like this module, you may also be interested in:

 

The physical examination in psychiatric practice: Part 2 by Dr Gill Garden

 

Physical healthcare in severe mental illness by Dr Steve Brown

 

Essentials of Physical Health in Psychiatry (book from RCPsych Publications)

 

 

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