Family Assessment and Intervention for Physicians

  • Gabor I. KeitnerEmail author


Most symptoms or illnesses evolve in a social context: understanding the social context of the presenting problem is critical to biopsychosocial formulation and treatment planning. Families (including nonrelative significant others) can help in identifying history, precipitants, and potential future obstacles to the management of presenting problems and thereby significantly impact ongoing treatment. How a patient with an illness interacts with his or her significant others and how they in turn interact with the patient has a significant impact on the duration of the presenting problems, their likelihood of resolving and recurring over time.


Family Functioning Family Therapy Family Intervention Affective Responsiveness Family Assessment 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Rhode Island and Miriam HospitalsBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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