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Schedules for Clinical Assessments in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN): World Health Organization

SCAN is a set of instruments and manuals aimed at assessing, measuring and classifying psychopathology and behaviour associated with the major psychiatric disorders in adult life. It can be used for clinical, research and training purposes and was developed within the framework of the World Health Organization.

SCAN has four major components: PSE-10, the 10th edition of the Present State Examination; the SCAN glossary; the Item Group Checklist (IGC); and the Clinical History Schedule (CHS). The Glossary is a comprehensive dictionary of differential definitions of clinical phenomena.

Singh, B. & Kirkby, K. (2007). The psychiatric interview, mental state examination and formulation. In S. Bloch & B. Singh (Eds.), Foundations of clinical psychiatry (3rd ed.) (pp. 82-114). Carlton South: Melbourne University Press.

A good overview of how to administer an MSE. Includes discussion of common difficulties and how to deal with them.

Manley, M.R.S. (2000). Psychiatric interview, history, and mental state examination. In B. Sadock & V. Sadock (Eds.), Kaplan and Sadock's Comprehensive textbook of psychiatry (7th ed.) (pp. 652-665). Baltimore: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins.

An authoritative chapter outlining the essentials of taking histories and MSEs.

Poole, R. & Higgo, R. (2006). Psychiatric interviewing and assessment. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

This is a practical guide to psychiatric assessment. Considers different situations and strategies for assessment.

Mental State Examination - Australian Academy of Medicine and Surgery

This article published by The Australian Academy of Medicine and Surgery discusses issues with mental state assessment in remote Aboriginal communities, alerting readers to the need for cultural sensitivity when conducting mental state assessments.

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