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Is diagnosis enough to guide interventions in mental health? Using case formulation in clinical practice

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posted on 2012-09-27, 00:00 authored by C Macneil, Melissa Hasty, P Conus, Michael BerkMichael Berk
While diagnosis has traditionally been viewed as an essential concept in medicine, particularly when selecting treatments, we suggest that the use of diagnosis alone may be limited, particularly within mental health. The concept of clinical case formulation advocates for collaboratively working with patients to identify idiosyncratic aspects of their presentation and select interventions on this basis. Identifying individualized contributing factors, and how these could influence the person's presentation, in addition to attending to personal strengths, may allow the clinician a deeper understanding of a patient, result in a more personalized treatment approach, and potentially provide a better clinical outcome.

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Journal

BMC medicine

Volume

10

Issue

111

Pagination

1 - 3

Publisher

BioMed Central

Location

London, England

ISSN

1741-7015

Language

eng

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C4.1 Letter or note

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2012, BioMed Central

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