Year: 2009 Source: Psychiatric Services, v.60, no.3, (March 2009), p.387-389 SIEC No: 20100381

The authors discuss the clinical challenges of distinguishing real from feigned signs of recovery. Whereas genuine clinical improvement is a process, sudden patient improvement is a suspect event. The atuhors discuss clinical indicators that distinguish the two. They emphasize the importance of gathering corroborating evidence through communications with staff & the patient’s family. Suicide risk assessment is necessary throughout the patient’s illness & recovery. (10 refs.)