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 == Why write down a mental status exam over and over again? == == Why write down a mental status exam over and over again? ==
 Often times, the MSE can seem redundant. As a single data point in time, the MSE can sometimes be of limited clinical utility. However, with repeated MSEs, you can begin to develop a picture of how a patient'​s mental status is changing over time. It is especially helpful when other clinicians read your MSE of a patient in the past and compare to the current presentation. The Mental Status Exam is a "​snapshot"​ of a patient, that describes their behaviours and thoughts at the time you interviewed them. Think about how a psychotic individual'​s MSE might change over the course of a few hours, or how a manic patient might similarly fluctuate. Often times, the MSE can seem redundant. As a single data point in time, the MSE can sometimes be of limited clinical utility. However, with repeated MSEs, you can begin to develop a picture of how a patient'​s mental status is changing over time. It is especially helpful when other clinicians read your MSE of a patient in the past and compare to the current presentation. The Mental Status Exam is a "​snapshot"​ of a patient, that describes their behaviours and thoughts at the time you interviewed them. Think about how a psychotic individual'​s MSE might change over the course of a few hours, or how a manic patient might similarly fluctuate.
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