ORIGINAL ARTICLE: PDF OnlyThe Use of a Structured Diagnostic Interview For Routine Psychiatric EvaluationsHELZER, JOHN E. M.D.Author Information Department of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine, 4940 Audubon Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63110. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: January 1981 - Volume 169 - Issue 1 - p 45-49 Buy Abstract The author reports the use of a structured psychiatric interview for the routine initial evaluation of all referrals to an inpatient psychiatric consultation service during a 1-year period. Acceptance of this procedure by physician examiners and by patients was high. There was evidence that the structured interview was a useful diagnostic tool and did not interfere with patient rapport. The advantages of structured interviews for routine clinical evaluations are discussed. © Williams & Wilkins 1981. All Rights Reserved.