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The Risk of Prognostication
Patrick W. Corrigan, Psy.D.
Psychiatric Services 2013; doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.640806
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Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago

Copyright © 2013 by the American Psychiatric Association

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Central to epidemiology and clinical psychiatry is prediction—identifying factors associated with specific disorders that suggest the subsequent course of symptoms and disabilities. Epidemiology seeks to better understand psychiatric syndromes across populations by identifying biological, developmental, demographic, or psychological constructs that describe expected futures. Clinicians use prognoses to inform colleagues, patients, and family members about prospects related to functions and individual goals. Criteria that define serious mental illnesses include poor prognoses, such as disruption of functioning and achievement of goals related to work, living independently, or intimate relationships.

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