An integrated clinical testing program for Filipinos afflicted with Schizophrenia

Author/s:

Datu, Jesus Alfonso*
De La Salle University, Manila, Philippines (jess.datu@yahoo.com)

Abstract:

With the increasing number of Filipinos who are experiencing psychotic disorders, especially Schizophrenia, health professionals are being confronted with challenges related to implementation of clinically sound assessment and treatment programs. As the keystone of delineating best prognosis among the target clients, psychological assessment is a crucial step that a clinician has to be equipped with. As such, the current paper crafts a central assessment program that aims to suggest a template on how to go about evaluating psychological dimensions of the intended participants. It involves set of standardized and non-standardized assessment media to examine physiological, social and psychological substrates on the emergence of a psychotic disorder. The proposed clinical assessment program is multidisciplinary in nature which comprises psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, psychiatric nurses and psychology interns. Directions and implications of the program were charted to enhance its pragmatic utility.

Keywords: clinical assessment program; Filipino; multidisciplinary team; psychological tests; Schizophrenia

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.5861/ijrsp.2012.199

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