Reliability of Lifetime Diagnosis: A Multicenter Collaborative Perspective

Nancy C. Andreasen, William M. Grove, Robert W. Shapiro, Martin B. Keller, Robert M.A. Hirschfeld, Patricia McDonald-Scott

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Abstract

It is important to determine the reliability of lifetime diagnosis in a nonpatient population, for this type of diagnostic data and this type of sample are used in many genetic, epidemiological, and nosological studies. We examined the reliability of lifetime diagnosis when the Schedule for Affective Disorders and Schizophrenia-Lifetime Version and Research Diagnostic Criteria were used to interview ill and well relatives of probands in the National Institute of Mental Health Collaborative Study of the Psychobiology of Depression. Subjects were interviewed three times, so data are available concerning both short- and longinterval test-retest reliability. Short-interval test-retest reliability was excellent for both diagnoses and symptoms. Reliability was also quite high in the long-interval test-retest study. We conclude that it is possible to make lifetime diagnoses reliably in a nonpatient population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)400-405
Number of pages6
JournalArchives of general psychiatry
Volume38
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1981

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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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    Andreasen, N. C., Grove, W. M., Shapiro, R. W., Keller, M. B., Hirschfeld, R. M. A., & McDonald-Scott, P. (1981). Reliability of Lifetime Diagnosis: A Multicenter Collaborative Perspective. Archives of general psychiatry, 38(4), 400-405. https://doi.org/10.1001/archpsyc.1981.01780290034003