browncoatrebel (browncoatrebel) wrote in little_details,

Medical Records from Psychiatric Hospitals

Present day U.S., long-term (several months' stay) psychiatric hospital.

My MC is investigating the apparent suicide of a psychiatrist and has [illegally] obtained the charts of the patients she was treating at the time of her death. I know the charts would contain demographic information about the patients as well as medication/dosage information, but my googling has not revealed what else might be in the patients' charts or how the information would be organized. All I seem to get is information about obtaining psychiatric patients' charts from various hospitals, and I don't think they'd approve of my trying that.

Would the psychiatrist have charted just symptoms reported by the patients and observed by hospital staff, or would she be likely to chart her personal impressions of the patients, things they said, etc.? What kind of language would be used? How would the information be organized? How easy/hard would the information be for a non-psychiatrist to understand? Anything else I should know about psychiatric patients' charts that would make my story more authentic?
Tags: ~psychology & psychiatry (misc)

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