Diagnostic utility of the Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (QIDS-C16 and QIDS-SR16) in the elderly.

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OBJECTIVE: To evaluate psychometric properties and comparability ability of the Montgomery-Asberg Depression Rating Scale (MADRS) vs. the Quick Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology-Clinician-rated (QIDS-C(16)) and Self-report (QIDS-SR(16)) scales to detect a current major depressive episode in the elderly. METHOD: Community and clinic subjects (age >or=60 years) were administered the Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI) for DSM-IV and three depression scales randomly. Statistics included classical test and Samejima item response theories, factor analyzes, and receiver operating characteristic methods. RESULTS: In 229 elderly patients (mean age = 73 years, 39% male, 54% current depression), all three scales were unidimensional and with nearly equal Cronbach alpha reliability (0.85-0.89). Each scale discriminated persons with major depression from the non-depressed, but the QIDS-C(16) was slightly more accurate. CONCLUSION: All three tests are valid for detecting geriatric major depression with the QIDS-C(16) being slightly better. Self-rated QIDS-SR(16) is recommended as a screening tool as it is least expensive and least time consuming.

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Cited Authors

  • Doraiswamy, PM; Bernstein, IH; Rush, AJ; Kyutoku, Y; Carmody, TJ; Macleod, L; Venkatraman, S; Burks, M; Stegman, D; Witte, B; Trivedi, MH

Published Date

  • September 2010

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 122 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 226 - 234

PubMed ID

  • 20085556

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1600-0447

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2009.01531.x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States