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Psychiatr Serv. 1998 Aug;49(8):1086-8.

Reliability and acceptability of psychiatric diagnosis via telecommunication and audiovisual technology.

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Baltimore Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Maryland 21201, USA. ruskin.paul@baltimore.va.gov

Abstract

The reliability of psychiatric diagnoses made remotely by telecommunication was examined. Two trained interviewers each interviewed the same 30 psychiatric inpatients using the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-III-R. Fifteen subjects had two in-person interviews, and 15 subjects had one in-person and one remote interview via telecommunication. Interrater reliability was calculated for the four most common diagnoses: major depression, bipolar disorder, panic disorder, and alcohol dependence. For each diagnosis, interrater reliability (kappa statistic) was identical or almost identical for the patients who had two in-person interviews and those who had an in-person and a remote interview, suggesting that reliable psychiatric diagnoses can be made via telecommunication.

PMID:
9712219
DOI:
10.1176/ps.49.8.1086
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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