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Assessment of routine laboratory screening of adult psychiatric patients presenting to an emergency centre in Cape Town

Andreas Crede, Heike Geduld, Lee Wallis


Our study suggests that routine laboratory screening provides no additional information to that obtained from a thorough history and clinical examination in patients at high risk of having an underlying medical cause of presenting psychotic symptoms.

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Andreas Crede, Stellenbosch University

Heike Geduld, Stellenbosch University

Lee Wallis, Stellenbosch University

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Laboratory screening, psychiatry

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South African Medical Journal 2011;101(12):891.

Article History

Date submitted: 2011-02-01
Date published: 2011-11-28

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