Letters Psychiatric assessments

Psychiatric assessment is a necessary part of humane care

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4315 (Published 11 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4315

This article has a correction. Please see:

  1. Christopher Gale, consultant psychiatrist and senior lecturer1,
  2. David Menkes, academic psychiatrist2,
  3. Paul Glue, Hazel Buckland chair of psychiatry, and head1
  1. 1Department of Psychological Medicine, Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
  2. 2Waikato Clinical Campus, University of Auckland, Hamilton, New Zealand
  1. chris.gale{at}otago.ac.nz

As academic psychiatrists who teach and work in acute psychiatry, we appreciate the author of this essay’s frustrations and agree with the need for a humane and quiet clinical environment.1

It is crucial to take time to develop trust; to obtain enough information to understand a person’s symptoms; and to consider if they are part of …

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