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Why is DSM-5 Being Delayed?

Psychiatric News , Volume 45 (1): 3 – Jan 1, 2010


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Why is DSM-5 Being Delayed?


Why is DSM-5 Being Delayed? Alan F. Schatzberg, M.D. We have recently announced a new timetable for DSM-5 (see DSM-5 Postponed Until 2013; Field Trials Scheduled for Summer). As you may remember, a few months ago we asked Dr. Carolyn Robinowitz, a past APA president, to chair the Board of Trustees DSM-5 Oversight Work Group. The work group has spent considerable time reviewing the status of the work in preparation for the new manual with the chair and vice chair of the DSM-5 Task Force, as well as with the task force and work group members. After much consideration, the task force recommended that the Board extend the timeline for development of DSM-5 and aim for its release in spring 2013 instead of 2012. A number of issues entered into the decision. For one, there are a number of details that need to be addressed regarding the specifics of the proposed classification system, including an assessment of consistency of definitions and application of symptom dimensions. The new dimensions under consideration need to be tested in field trials that will likely take more time than initially planned. Also, we were aware that work on DSM-5 began more slowly than
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