Reviews and Notes: Psychiatry: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders: Primary Care Version. Ann Intern Med. 1996;124:282. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-124-2-199601150-00044
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1996;124(2):282.
4th edition. American Psychiatric Association. 211 pages. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Assoc; 1995. ISBN 0-89042-407-1. Order phone 202-789-2648.
Practitioners outside of psychiatry or psychology have generally been unaware of, or at least unfamiliar with, “DSM-IV,” the standard for diagnostic criteria and nomenclature in those fields. The degree to which mental disorders have consequently been misdiagnosed may not be known, but this primary care version of the standard manual is likely to improve the capacity of primary care physicians to understand and properly diagnose mental and emotional disorders. The major change made for this version was the development of diagnostic algorithms that lead to sections giving the diagnostic terms and criteria for individual disorders. These sections also carry information on such matters as coding and recording procedures, and they provide further clinical annotations that clarify the formal diagnostic criteria. This new version of the standard manual should be highly useful to its intended audience, but psychiatrists and psychologists might also profit from adding it to the DSM-IV currently on their shelves.
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