The British Journal of Psychiatry
Psychiatric diagnosis: impersonal, imperfect and important
Nick Craddock, Laurence Mynors-Wallis
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Psychiatric diagnosis is in the spotlight following the recent publication of DSM-5. In this article we consider both the benefits and limitations of diagnosis in psychiatry. The use of internationally recognised diagnoses, although insufficient alone, is part of a psychiatrist’s professional responsibility to provide high-quality, evidence-based care for patients.

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