Is the 6-item, self-report HAM-D an effective depression screening measure with bipolar disorder?

Lotan Kraun, Norm O'Rourke, Yamima Osher, Yuly Bersudsky, Dany Belotherkovsky, Yaacov G. Bachner

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)900-904
Number of pages5
JournalPerspectives in Psychiatric Care
Volume56
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2020

Keywords

  • Hamilton Depression Rating Scale
  • Validity
  • bipolar disorder
  • reliability

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