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- Published on Sunday, 20 February 2011 14:34
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Field trials for the DSM-5 started at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and several other sites throughout the nation. The book’s anticipated release is in 2013, according to Examiner.com. Members of the Asexual and Transgender communities have taken particular interest in some of the changes proposed, particularly in the work of the sexual dysfunction subcommittee.
Field trials enable the American Psychiatric Association to determine the validity, the readability and the feasibility of the new text before it becomes the standard for the psychiatric profession. Therapist and psychiatrists currently rely on the DSM-IV-TR as their diagnostic tools, according to the University’s almanac.
The American Psychiatric Association plans to include tools that help a therapist track a patient’s progress. Designers hope the new tools will give the therapist a good idea of when patients need to be discharged or how to change a course of the patient’s treatment.
Field trials enter the next stages a new version of the DSM must go through before the book becomes widely available. Committees working on the book received over 8,000 comments on the proposed changes to the diagnostic criteria for many conditions.