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Validity of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule, Version II: DSM-III diagnoses

  • Lee N. Robins (a1), John E. Helzer (a1), Kathryn S. Ratcliff (a1) and Warren Seyfried (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 July 2009

A new diagnostic instrument, The Diagnostic Interview Schedule, was evaluated for use by lay interviewers by comparing its DSM-III diagnoses when given by lay interviewers with results obtained through an independent interview by a psychiatrist using the same schedule, his clinical judgement after the interview, his clinical judgement after both the interview and a free question period, and with diagnoses on the medical chart.

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1Address for correspondence: Dr L. N. Robins, Department Psychiatry. Barnes and Renard Hospitals, 4940 Audubon Avenue, St Louis, MO 63110, USA.
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