Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluation

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ABSTRACT Contemporary accounts of studies in telepsychiatry have suggested that a psychiatric diagnosis can be predicted by ratings of very short segments (two minutes) or thin slices of evaluation. This thesis will present an early investigative pilot study to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of short (two minute) video clips of twenty patients as compared to a longer taped therapist-patient interaction. Based on short video clip excerpt assessments, trained clinicians diagnosed the specific patients. Findings validate the clinical utility of thin slice impressions of patients and this method of consultation could be reliably used to identify patients with poor treatment outcome. These findings sufficiently provide preliminary evidence
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