December 1971

A Computer-Based Psychiatry History System

Author Affiliations

Madison, Wis
From the departments of medicine, computer sciences, and psychiatry, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;25(6):570-572. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750180090014

This study gathered data supporting the following conclusions about a computer-based psychiatric history system. (1) Initial interviews of psychiatric patients, obtained and typed by a LINC computer were found to be useful to psychotherapists in making psychiatric evaluations. (2) The psychiatric patients studied seemed to be as satisfied with computerized interviews as they are with those of physicians. (3) Further research is needed to adequately assess the possible therapeutic value of computerized initial interviews for patients who require only one informative, reassuring mental health clinic visit.