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Compr Psychiatry. 1993 Nov-Dec;34(6):375-83.

The use of the DSM-III-R Checklist for initial diagnostic assessments.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington 05405.


The DSM-III-R Checklist is an efficient method for screening psychiatric patients for major psychiatric disorders while amassing a data base that can be used for later clinical and research activities. It yields valid diagnoses and key adjunctive symptoms. Patients enjoyed the interview, demonstrating an interest in the computer as well as a feeling of confidence in the complete review of symptoms. The psychiatry resident users in this project found the Checklist to be a valuable teaching instrument, a way to develop their thinking about symptoms and diagnostic rules, an efficient means of collecting an automated clinical data base, and a stimulus to pursue further research activities. Finally, the Checklist is an ideal diagnostic tool to amass a research data base and is currently being used in numerous studies by clinicians and nonclinicians.

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