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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1992 Jun;85(6):440-3.

Comparison of Composite International Diagnostic Interview and clinical DSM-III-R criteria checklist diagnoses.

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  • 1Division of Mental Health, World Health Organization, Geneva, Switzerland.


This article describes a comparison of Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI) diagnostic results and results based on clinicians' observation of CIDI assessments. Psychiatrists scored a DSM-III-R criteria checklist either while observing or after administering 20 CIDI interviews. Overall diagnostic concordance between the checklist and CIDI diagnoses was found to be good (kappa = 0.78). Good diagnostic agreement was also found for 3 groups of DSM-III-R disorders: depressive disorders (kappa = 0.84), psychoactive substance use disorders (kappa = 0.83) and anxiety phobic disorders (kappa = 0.76). These results are consistent with the results from a similar comparison between the CIDI and checklist results for ICD-10 diagnoses.

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