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Assessing Behavioral Health Using OASIS: Part 1 Depression and Suicidality

Raue, Patrick J. PhD; Brown, Ellen L. EdD, MS, RN, C; Bruce, Martha L. PhD, MPH

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This article is the first of a two-part series on assessing behavioral health in adult and elderly patients using OASIS. Direct questioning about emotional and behavioral symptoms in addition to observation, reports from family members, and input from other team members are used. This approach improves assessment information and increases nurse confidence and accuracy when making referrals for further psychiatric evaluation and treatment.

Author Information

All authors are from the Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, White Plains, NY.

Patrick J, Raue, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology.

Ellen L. Brown, EdD, MS, RN,C, is an Instructor of Public Health.

Martha L. Bruce, PhD, MPH, is an Associate Professor of Sociology.

Address for correspondence: Patrick J. Raue, PhD, Weill Medical College of Cornell University, 21 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, NY 10605; e-mail:

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