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Psychiatr Serv. 1995 Apr;46(4):347-52.

A psychiatrist-rated battery of measures for assessing the clinical status of psychiatric inpatients.

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  • 1Department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, USA.


Despite the increasing demand for outcome assessment measures, no published reports have provided a standardized way to assess psychiatric inpatients that includes diagnosis and observer ratings of psychopathology. This paper reviews general principles for selecting outcome assessment measures, proposes a battery of instruments based on already available measures to assess clinical status in psychiatric inpatients, reviews methods of implementing the battery in an academic inpatient psychiatric setting, and presents preliminary data on its interrater reliability, construct validity, and range of response to acute hospitalization. Preliminary results suggest that the battery may be useful for resident and medical student education and for enhancing quality assurance and continuous quality improvement.

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