Introduction To the writer of the report, a brief resume of his/her
experience and training along with the nature of the instruction.
Investigation This section reports upon all information on which
the final opinion is formulated. It is divided into a number of
sections including the interview, previous personal history, previous
medical history, review of medical records, the PTSD checklist
and the results of self-rating questionnaires, where relevant.
Discussion and Opinion All information is carefully considered
and the expert’s final opinion is discussed. Where appropriate,
differential diagnoses are raised and considered. The opinion
provides both a reliable diagnosis of the client’s problems
along with the impact of the presenting psychological problems
upon various areas of functioning, including the client’s
social, occupational and personal life. Psychological problems
are also discussed in terms of the client’s pre-morbid psychological
state and other relevant factors in terms of offering an opinion
upon causation and, where relevant, proportionality of problems
to the index event.
Conclusion This section is divided into four areas which summarise
the discussion, in terms of diagnosis and causation. However,
further information is given regarding expected prognosis and
time of recovery and whether psychological treatment is required.
Details of such treatment are provided along with an estimation
of the costs of such and availability within the NHS.