Psychiatry and Physical Assessment

  • Randolph B. Schiffer
  • Robert F. Klein
  • Roger C. Sider


Psychiatrists seldom include systematic physical assessment in their clinical practice. Patterson (1978), in a survey of psychiatrists trained at a California university center, reported that in office settings 85% seldom or never performed a physical examination as part of their initial evaluation. Of the minority who did, younger psychiatrists were much more highly represented than their older colleagues. McIntyre and Romano (1977) reported similar results in a survey of psychiatrists in Rochester, New York. They found that only 13% of full- and part-time faculty do an initial physical examination upon their inpatients and only 8% upon their outpatients.


Psychiatric Patient Physical Assessment Faculty Observer Psychiatric Resident Death Anxiety 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Randolph B. Schiffer
    • 1
  • Robert F. Klein
    • 1
  • Roger C. Sider
    • 2
  1. 1.The University of Rochester School of Medicine and DentistryRochesterUSA
  2. 2.Pine Rest Christian HospitalGrand RapidsUSA

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