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

*Bijbehorende auteur voor dit werk

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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.


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


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.


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.


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.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)64-68
Aantal pagina's5
TijdschriftThe British Journal of Psychiatry
Nummer van het tijdschrift1
StatusPublished - jan-2010

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