Purpose: Brief and effective screening measures are required to detect clinical depression in bipolar disorder (BD) patients. The purpose of this study was to demonstrate the clinical utility of a six-item, self-report Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD-6). Design and Method: Sixty BD outpatients completed questionnaires including the HAMD-6 before regular psychiatric appointments. Findings: A 7+ HAMD-6 cut-off score correctly identified six of eight depressed patients, indicating 75% sensitivity and 84% specificity. Practice Implications: The results of this study suggest the HAMD-6 is an effective depression screening measure with BD patients living in the community. This brief self-report scale can be used in clinical settings to quickly identify those requiring more thorough clinical attention.
- Hamilton Depression Rating Scale
- bipolar disorder
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Psychiatric Mental Health