Screening Labs for New Patients: Are they Useful?

In psychiatry, we typically order screening labs on new patients for a variety of purposes, including to rule out medical causes of psychiatric symptoms, to record baseline data before prescribing medications that may lead to lab abnormalities, and to screen for general medical problems. What labs should we order for new patients? A literature review yields very little hard data to guide decisions, so what follows is a combination of research based recommendations and common clinical sense.

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