Assessment of the mental state in medically ill children and adolescents

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Assessment of mental state in paediatric consultation-liaison psychiatry is reviewed, including screening issues. Assessment covering psychological/psychiatric and cognitive aspects of mental state, together with quality of life and other disease-related aspects, and the use of multiple informants and methods are advocated. Awareness of psychometric properties of the methods is emphasized. Curr Opin Psychiatry 11:635-641.

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