5. The Clinical Interview
Published Online: 1 SEP 2011
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Unmasking Psychological Symptoms: How Therapists Can Learn to Recognize the Psychological Presentation of Medical Disorders
How to Cite
Schildkrout, B. (2011) The Clinical Interview, in Unmasking Psychological Symptoms: How Therapists Can Learn to Recognize the Psychological Presentation of Medical Disorders, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. doi: 10.1002/9781118083598.ch5
- Published Online: 1 SEP 2011
- Published Print: 3 AUG 2011
Print ISBN: 9780470639078
Online ISBN: 9781118083598
- diagnostic theories;
- experiences into words;
- clinical language
The clinical interview is the key element in making a diagnosis. In addition to being the basis of a trusting working relationship between patient and health care professional, it is also the source of most diagnostic information. During the interview, the therapist makes observations, generates diagnostic theories, and formulates further questions in order to check whether those theories are correct.
Clinicians help patients to become increasingly aware of their experiences and to put their experiences into words. Simultaneously, therapists must think in clinical terms, translating the patient's language into clinical language and translating observations made during the interview into clinical terms.