Developing a screening index for community studies of somatization disorder.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Despite the low prevalence of somatization disorder in the community, the section of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule used to make the diagnosis--as well as previous diagnostic interviews for the related diagnoses of hysteria, and Briquet's syndrome--is quite lengthy. This study evaluates a somatization disorder screening index derived from completed interviews from the NIMH sponsored Epidemiologic Catchment Area program. A screening index comprised of 11 symptoms of somatization was derived at the Duke ECA site and replicated across the Johns Hopkins, Yale, and Washington University sites. Across ECA sites a screening threshold of five of 11 symptoms correctly identified 41 of 42 respondents with DIS/DSM-III somatization disorder (97.6%) while correctly classifying 14,600 of 14,750 (99.0%) without the disorder. The screening index offers promise as a screening device for clinical and community studies of somatization disorder.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Swartz, M; Hughes, D; George, L; Blazer, D; Landerman, R; Bucholz, K

Published Date

  • 1986

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 20 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 335 - 343

PubMed ID

  • 3806428

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3956

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0022-3956(86)90036-1


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England