How the DSM is used in clinical practice
J Nerv Ment Dis
© 2018 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. Despite widespread use, how clinicians use the DSM in psychiatric practice is not well understood. Recognizing public and professional attitudes toward the DSM are integral to future DSM development, to assess a commonly held assumption such as that the DSM is used primarily for coding, and to assess its clinical utility. A convenience sample of Psychiatric Times readers was surveyed to assess the DSM's use in clinical practice. A total of 394 behavioral health care practitioners fully completed the online survey. Results suggest that the DSM, beyond administrative and billing use, is used for communication with health care providers, for teaching diagnoses to trainees, and, importantly, as an educational tool to inform patients and caregivers alike.
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