Validity of a short clinical interview for psychiatric diagnosis: the mini-SCAN

F. J. Nienhuis*, G. van de Willige, C. A. Th. Rijnders, P. de Jonge, D. Wiersma

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Abstract

Background

To promote clinical application of the Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry (SCAN) system a shorter version (the mini-SCAN) was devised. Its psychometric properties were unknown.

Aims

To establish the validity and practical properties of the mini-SCAN.

Method

One hundred and six participants were interviewed twice, once with the SCAN and once with the mini-SCAN. The level of agreement was established for the categories: no disorder, affective disorders, anxiety disorders, non-affective psychotic disorders, affective psychotic disorders.

Results

The mini-SCAN is a valid instrument. Most kappa values were around 0.90. only for the class of affective psychotic disorders was the agreement moderate. Mean duration of the mini-SCAN interviews was 25 min shorter than the SCAN interviews. Participants and interviewers were generally satisfied with the interview format and questions.

Conclusions

The mini-SCAN can be used as a diagnostic instrument for clinical purposes and for clinical studies when the present episode is the focus of attention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-68
Number of pages5
JournalThe British Journal of Psychiatry
Volume196
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan-2010

Keywords

  • MENTAL-HEALTH SURVEYS
  • GENERAL-POPULATION
  • PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES
  • NEUROPSYCHIATRY SCAN
  • THAI VERSION
  • SCHEDULES
  • RELIABILITY
  • DISORDERS
  • CIDI
  • ANXIETY

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