Year: 1991 Source: Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, v.5, no.5, (October 1991), p.262-270 SIEC No: 19911429

The purpose of this study was to describe how psychiatric nurses select, assemble & use signs & symptoms & other information in making a judgement about the health status of a patient. Although judgements were found to be highly context-dependent, all subjects assessed data labeled as universals in the psychiatric nursing assessment: suicidality, depression, drug & alcohol use, & patient functional abilities. When presenting behaviours were more salient, a categorization process also occurred.