Evidence-based evaluation of psychiatric patients

J Emerg Med. 2005 Jan;28(1):35-9. doi: 10.1016/j.jemermed.2004.10.002.


There has been much discussion in the literature concerning the medical evaluation of the psychiatric patient. The medical evaluation of the psychiatric patient involves obtaining a history, performing an appropriate physical and mental status examination, and testing, when indicated. This review applies the rigors of evidence-based evaluation of the medical literature that is currently available to determine when it is safe to place a patient with behavioral complaints under psychiatric care.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Emergency Services, Psychiatric / methods
  • Evidence-Based Medicine / methods*
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Mental Status Schedule
  • Patient Transfer
  • Physical Examination / methods