Psychiatric Formulation Demystified – The Sherlock Holmes Way

sherlock holmesWilliam Osler said, “Ask not what disease the person has but rather what person the disease has?”.
This powerful single statement forms the basis of a psychiatric formulation which emphasises the importance of the patient history rather than the label. The article is written to equip you with the right mental model to approach the psychiatric formulation. There are two formulation examples at the end. It is not only applicable for the RANZCP OCI/M-OCI exam but anyone practicing mental health. Click here to read the article.

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This article is written by Dr Sanil Rege. Sanil is a Consultant Psychiatrist in private practice on the Mornington Peninsula and co-founder of He is pursuing an MBA at the Melbourne Business School.  You can follow him on Google+

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