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Preliminary assessment of a client to ascertain his or her fitness for health related or psychiatric therapy in general, a particular treatment strategy, or recommendation to a therapy facility. This assessment is done on the foundation of health related or psychiatric past history, cognitive situation evaluation, diagnostic composition, or any combination of any of these. Process or method to identify initial indicators of a disorder in a particular person or in people in general. Those at greater genetic risk of forming a disorder are encouraged to adhere to standard strategies. See also: test. Method of choosing elements for a psychiatric evaluation. Method of identifying, by means of a introductory evaluation, whether or not a person is appropriate for a function or assignment.

SCREENING: "Screening allows a clinician to make determinations about how to proceed with treatment in a given situation."

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