3.12 Closing

To conclude the medical evaluation, the clinician should review the next steps in the process of medical documentation, for example, that the clinician will forward a copy of his or her report to the individual’s attorney, or that the clinician is recommending additional tests or consultations. The clinician should consider acknowledging the emotional difficulty of the interview and thank the interviewee for his or her time and effort. During the psychological examination, the clinician may have reassured the individual that their symptoms are nomal reactions to extreme experiences. This is particularly helpful when the individual feels that their symptoms are a sign of “going crazy.” The clinician may consider reviewing this point with the individual at the end of the interview.