Interpreting Assessment Discrepancies from Multiple Sources

As clinicians, we receive assessments about our child and adolescent patients from multiple sources, such as parents, teachers, clinical staff, trained observers, etc. And when interpreting these assessments, there’s a common tendency to suppress or discount discrepancies and focus on commonalities amongst the reports. But, do discrepant reports add anything of value to our diagnoses and treatment plans. The short answer is yes they do! And, in this episode, we will discuss why these discrepancies arise, how we can manage them, and what these discrepancies tell us about a patient’s symptoms and response to treatment.

Joshua Feder, M.D. Dr. Feder's Blog

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