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A Comparison of Depression Rating Scales

  • Norma P. Kearns, C. A. Cruickshank, K. J. McGuigan, S. A. Riley (a1), Susan P. Shaw and R. P. Snaith (a2)...


In a comparison of assessment methods of severity of depressive illness, the Montgomery-åsberg Scale had, broadly, a performance equal to the Hamilton Scale. The Beck Depression Inventory, its subscale, and the Wakefield Inventory all had overall poor performances and should now be abandoned in research. The two-patient-rated scales were, overall, similar and fairly satisfactory measures. The comparisons were at points in severity of illness and not on change of severity.



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A Comparison of Depression Rating Scales

  • Norma P. Kearns, C. A. Cruickshank, K. J. McGuigan, S. A. Riley (a1), Susan P. Shaw and R. P. Snaith (a2)...
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