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J Psychosom Res. 2006 Jan;60(1):13-20.

Depression following acute coronary syndromes: a comparison between the Cardiac Depression Scale and the Beck Depression Inventory II.

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  • 1School of Psychological Science, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study compared the Cardiac Depression Scale (CDS) and the Beck Depression Inventory II (BDI-II).

METHOD:

Depression was assessed in 81 participants, 2 weeks post-ACS, using the BDI-II and the Composite International Diagnostic Interview.

RESULTS:

The CDS had a strong concurrent validity with the BDI-II (r=.69). Cross-validation of the BDI-II and the CDS with the structured interview demonstrated the ability of both measures to detect severe symptoms. More patients were classified as depressed using the CDS. The CDS also had a significantly higher correlation with a trait anxiety measure than the BDI-II did.

CONCLUSION:

The CDS is a more suitable scale for assessing the less severe depressive symptoms typically seen in a cardiac population.

PMID:
16380305
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