Penn Medicine Selected as Field Trial Site for DSM-5

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Media Contact:Kim Menard | kim.menard@uphs.upenn.edu | 215-662-6183 January 3, 2011

PHILADELPHIA – Penn Medicine has been selected as one of seven adult field trial sites to test proposed diagnostic criteria for the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Used by health professionals around the world, DSM is the manual that provides descriptions, symptoms and other criteria for diagnosing mental disorders. Penn Medicine is participating in field trials to help assess the practical use of proposed DSM-5 criteria in real-world clinical settings.

“We are honored to be selected as one of the field trial sites,” said Mahendra T. Bhati, MD, assistant professor of Clinical Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, who will lead the field trials at Penn Medicine. According to the APA, the selection process was very competitive; only 11 organizations were chosen from the 65 that submitted proposals to be considered for a field trial site.

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