Provisional Diagnosis


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Provisional Diagnosis


Refined Diagnosis

 Revisit Diagnosis


A provisional diagnosis is either the first considered diagnosis, or a subsequent diagnosis after the previous one has been found wanting. Although a provision diagnosis is the result of careful psychiatric assessment, there has not been a sufficient length of time to observe how the diagnosis applies to the patient, including:


Consequently, until further review, the first diagnosis, and perhaps subsequent ones, needs to be regarded as provisional.


Nevertheless, the provisional diagnosis sets in motion the first stage of treatment and illness management.