Diagnostic Interviews: Introduction | Interview Characteristics and Relevant Concepts | Types of Diagnostic Interviews | Discussion | Research Directions | Conclusion | Summary Points | References
The clinical interview remains the primary diagnostic
tool for psychiatry. Despite extensive international research efforts,
no valid biological markers with clinical utility for classifying
psychiatric syndromes have yet been identified. Thus, the diagnostic
process remains embedded within consensus-based, criterion-derived
categories, using traditional interview and mental status examinations
that define traditional medicine.