King's College London

Research portal

What is Formulation in Psychiatry?

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychological medicine


  • what-is-formulation-in-psychiatry

    what_is_formulation_in_psychiatry.pdf, 504 KB, application/pdf

    Uploaded date:04 Jan 2023

    Version:Final published version

    Licence:CC BY-ND

King's Authors


The practice of formulation has been both championed and severely criticised within clinical psychiatry and interest in formulation within the teaching of clinical psychiatry is at a low ebb. This article traces the history of the Bio-Psycho-Social model, the concept of Diagnostic Hierarchy and the role of ´Verstehen' (or intersubjective meaning grasping) in the clinical assessment. All three of these concepts are considered relevant to the practice of formulation. Responding to challenges aimed at these concepts, it argues that formulation in psychiatry needs resuscitating and rethinking and provides some recommendations for a practice of formulation fit for the 21st century.

Download statistics

No data available

View graph of relations

© 2020 King's College London | Strand | London WC2R 2LS | England | United Kingdom | Tel +44 (0)20 7836 5454