Usefulness of DSM-III axis III in psychiatric inpatients: An actuarial comparison with the DSM-II period

Ihsan M. Salloum, Juan E. Mezzich, Javier E. Saavedra, Levent Kirisci

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Abstract

This study is a retrospective evaluation of the usefulness of DSM-III axis III (physical disorders) and its ability to enhance clinical case description in general psychiatric patients. The subjects of this study consisted of two samples of 75 inpatients; each was randomly selected and age-matched to represent DSM-II (1975-1979) and DSM-III (1981-1985) periods, respectively. The results indicated a substantial and statistically significant difference in the frequency of physical disorders recorded at intake before (9.3%) and after (46.7%) the implementation of DSM-III. DSM-III axis III may significantly enhance the recording of physical disorders in psychiatric inpatients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)768-769
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume151
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1994
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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