(Answered) NGR 5056C: Discussion #1:

D.2.1:  The psychiatric interview and assessment process is the method by which advanced
practice nurses gather information regarding our clients. Review Carlat’s dimensions of the

psychiatric history and Kaplan & Sadock and answer the following questions including rationale
and evidenced based citations (use APA format) to support postings.
D.2.2: Discuss the importance of the following key elements of the psychiatric interview:
A) developing the practitioner-client relationship;
B) therapeutic communication;
C) the role of Peplau in psychiatry mental health nursing;
D) the traps and pitfalls when eliciting the history from a mental health client;
E) the significance of the environment;
F)  considerations such as age, cultural, genetics, health literacy level and spiritual beliefs;
G) the Mental Status Exam – in your response, refer to past and present examples from
your current clinical practice when you may have encountered a mental health client.
D.2.3: Address the critical rationale for screening for general medical conditions as an important
part of the assessment.  Find a journal article that discusses a clinical situation in which a medical
condition was related (cause or aggravation) to the psychiatric condition. Discuss the steps taken
to identify how the medical condition was implicated in alterations of mental health.


Discussion #1: The Psychiatric Interview and Assessment Process

The process of psychiatric interview and assessment involves gathering the information that will help psychiatrists to make a diagnosis. According to Kaplan, Sadock, and Ruiz (2015), establishing a diagnosis allow the clinician to make predictions regarding the future course of mental illness, and the likely response to the treatment. Moreover, Carlat (2015) suggests that the psychiatric interview process is governed by various elements that are key to successful assessment and diagnostic.

First, it is necessary to develop a practitioner-client relationship to ensure that the psychiatrist and patient interact during assessment and diagnosis to identify the problem and analyze the forces influencing the behavior. Secondly, therapeutic communication is central to psychiatry since it helps to engage the patient in the interview and thus promoting adherence and patient outcomes…..Please click the icon below to purchase the full solution at $5