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APA Updates Practice Guidelines for the Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults

The American Psychiatric Association (APA) recently released an updated third edition of the Practice Guidelines for the Psychiatric Evaluation of Adults. Rather than resembling a manual, the new guidelines are divided into nine “modules” that span the breadth of psychiatric evaluation: Review of Psychiatric Symptoms, Trauma History, and Psychiatric Treatment History; Substance Use Assessment; Suicide Risk Assessment; Assessment of Risk for Aggressive Behaviors; Assessment of Cultural Factors; Assessment of Medical Health; Quantitative Assessment; Involvement of the Patient in Treatment Decisions; and Documentation of the Psychiatric Evaluation. According to APA, the new format will enable psychiatrists to readily access what they need while allowing APA to make updates to individual guideline modules when needed as they become outdated.