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Mental Status Examination

Jacob Taylor, M.D., Margaret S. Chisolm, M.D.
Mental Status Examination is a topic covered in the Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide.

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  • The mental status examination (MSE) provides a cross-sectional description of the patient’s mental life at the time of the exam.
  • The MSE involves both objective observation of the patient and eliciting the patient’s subjective experience.
  • Different templates for the MSE exist, but most follow a format similar to that described below (see [1], [2] and [3]).

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Last updated: January 29, 2017


Taylor, Jacob, and Margaret S Chisolm. "Mental Status Examination." Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide, 2017. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787010/all/Mental_Status_Examination.
Taylor J, Chisolm MS. Mental Status Examination. Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. 2017. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787010/all/Mental_Status_Examination. Accessed June 24, 2019.
Taylor, J., & Chisolm, M. S. (2017). Mental Status Examination. In Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787010/all/Mental_Status_Examination
Taylor J, Chisolm MS. Mental Status Examination [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. ; 2017. [cited 2019 June 24]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787010/all/Mental_Status_Examination.
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