Mental State Examination: Simulated patient #1

Mental State Examination: Simulated patient #1

This video "Mental State Examination: Simulated patient #1" is part of a multimedia-based module by Celice McDermott, Nana Osem Osei, Tutu Akua Nketiah, Adjapong Kojo, Twum Nimako, Oppong Victor Barnor, Veronica Boatemaa Owusu-Afriyie and Cary Engleberg (University of Michigan). Mental State Examination (MSE) is a structured way of observing and describing a patientapos;s current state of mind, under the domains of appearance, attitude, behavior, mood and affect, speech, thought process, thought content, perception, cognition, insight and judgement. There are some minor variations in the subdivision of the MSE and the sequence and names of MSE domains.

The purpose of the MSE is to obtain a comprehensive cross-sectional description of the patientapos;s mental state, which when combined with the biographical and historical information of the psychiatric history, allows the clinician to make an accurate diagnosis and formulation, which are required for coherent treatment planning.

The data are collected through a combination of direct and indirect means: unstructured observation while obtaining the biographical and social information, focused questions about current symptoms, and formalised psychological tests.

The complete learning module is available through the African Health OER Network at:

Any medical information in this material is intended to inform and educate and is not a tool for self-diagnosis or a replacement for medical evaluation, advice, diagnosis or treatment by a healthcare professional. Please speak to your physician if you have questions about your medical condition.

Viewer discretion is advised: Some medical content is graphic and may not be suitable for all viewers.

This is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Noncommercial Share Alike 3.0 License: (c) 2009 Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

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