Problem Identification Grid: Assessment Tool For Acute Mental Health Settings

Acharya, Vinita and D’Souza, Deena Dimple (2012) Problem Identification Grid: Assessment Tool For Acute Mental Health Settings. Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy , 44 (2). pp. 11-14. ISSN 0445-706

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Introduction: Assessment of clients is essential for effective treatment planning and implementation. Acute psychiatric settings in Occupational Therapy pose specific challenges due to their unpredictable nature, acute symptoms of clients and wide variety of client diagnoses and backgrounds. Therapists working in these settings need to be very skilled at effective assessment in short duration as clients’ symptoms and dysfunction keep fluctuating as against a chronic set-up with more stable clients.Purpose: Common tools, presently in use, focus on specific areas or performance components and are restricted to a particular frame of reference.Problem Identification Grid is an assessment format for documenting initial assessment information relevant to acute psychiatry. Due to its nature and design, it gives one glance idea about the client’s functioning and facilitates faster problem identification and goal setting. It covers performance areas like ADL, work and also components like physical abilities, cognitive functioning, communication skills, emotional aspects etc.Conclusion: This format is recommended for acute psychiatric settings for quick initial assessment of clients. It may be used as a checklist to identify areas of dysfunction and may help to broadly differentiate the higher functioning clients from the lower functioning ones.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acute psychiatry; Initial assessment; Problem identification
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Occupational Therapy
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 10 Feb 2014 04:10
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2014 04:10

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