Principles of Biopsychosocial Formulation and Interventions in the Pediatric Medical Setting

  • Kevin K. TsangEmail author
  • Serena A. Fernandes
  • Patricia Ibeziako


Consultation-liaison (CL) providers serve in a broad range of roles, from direct assessment to facilitation of communication between families and providers, and are tasked with assessing and appropriately managing the full range of psychiatric presentations on inpatient medical and surgical units. Developing a concise and precise narrative from which to understand the presenting concern and derive appropriate, individualized, evidence-based interventions, which will be conveyed in understandable terms to referring providers and families, is critical to being effective in CL practice. This chapter reviews the principles of biopsychosocial formulation with vignettes involving gastroenterology and endocrinology concerns that facilitate exploration of these concepts.


Biopsychosocial formulation Case conceptualization Assessment 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kevin K. Tsang
    • 1
    Email author
  • Serena A. Fernandes
    • 1
  • Patricia Ibeziako
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryBoston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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