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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1997 May;95(5):379-84.

Sensitivity of the six-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale.

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  • 1Psychiatric Neurosciences Program, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Clinic, Charlestown, MA 02129, USA.


We studied the sensitivity in detecting changes of the 6-item version of the original 17-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAM-D) and compared it with the more widely used versions among 164 depressed outpatients with and without atypical features before and after treatment with fluoxetine. The 6-item HAM-D was shown to be as sensitive as the 17-, 21- and 24-item versions of this scale. In addition, the different versions of the HAM-D were strongly correlated with each other at baseline and at the endpoint. It appears that the 6-item version of the HAM-D allows the assessment of severity of depression with comparable sensitivity to the standard and more elaborate versions of the same scale.

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