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 Volume 2, Issue 1, 154-161, 2015
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Imagine there’s no diagnosis, it’s easy if you try

Authors
  Peter Kinderman - University of Liverpool, UK

Volume 2, Issue 1, 2015, Pages 154-161
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5127/pr.036714

Abstract
The recent discussions over the reliability, validity, utility, humanity and epistemology of psychiatric diagnosis have had wider implications than might at first sight be apparent. Diagnosis is, for many people, both the entry-point to services and the starting-point for public debate. Challenges to the scientific and professional basis for diagnosis, therefore, can have profound implications. Such is the dominance of traditional diagnostic thinking about mental health care that it is often wrongly assumed that there is little alternative – or that any possible alternatives would require lengthy and expensive periods of development. In fact, there is no present impediment to the development of new ways of thinking and delivering services, and especially no impediment to practical and scientifically valid alternatives to diagnosis.

Table of Contents
Introduction
Problems with diagnosis
An alternative
The client’s experience
Psychosocial formulations
Communication between professionals
Research
Planning, commissioning and audit
A new ethos
Reference

Correspondence to
Institute of Psychology, Health and Society, University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3GL, UK

Keywords
Diagnosis, Biopsychosocial model, Formulation, ‘Disease-model’, Alternatives

Dates
Received 30 Apr 2014; Revised 15 May 2014; Accepted 19 May 2014; In Press 14 Feb 2015







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