The clinical interview is an important part of psychiatric assessment

The clinical interview is an important part of psychiatric assessment

and should be conducted early in the diagnostic process. However, a comprehensive assessment should include other information-gathering modalities because the clinical interview:

A. Does not offer flexibility in understanding the evolution of the problem
B. Frequently deemphasizes the influence of environmental factors
C. May not systematically cover all psychiatric diagnostic categories
D. Creates a dialogue in which patients cannot give subjective responses

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