A1 Journal article – refereed

Depression Scale (DEPS) in schizophrenia




List of Authors: Huttunen J, Taiminen T, Kahkonen J, Tuominen K, Salokangas RKR

Publisher: MUNKSGAARD INT PUBL LTD

Publication year: 1999

Journal: Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica

Journal name in source: ACTA PSYCHIATRICA SCANDINAVICA

Journal acronym: ACTA PSYCHIAT SCAND

Volume number: 99

Issue number: 3

Number of pages: 3

ISSN: 0001-690X

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0447.1999.tb00979.x


Abstract
Objective: To explore the applicability of the Depression Scale (DEPS), a screening instrument for detecting depression in primary health care, in schizophrenia.

Method: The DEPS was compared with the Calgary Depression Scale (CDS) among 63 patients with schizophrenia.

Results: Using the CDS as a gold standard, the positive and negative predictive values of the DEPS for the diagnosis of depression were 41% and 97%, respectively. The correlation between the total CDS scores and the total DEPS scores was 0.73.

Conclusion: The DEPS appears to be useful for screening depression among schizophrenic patients, but the positive diagnosis must be confirmed with a clinical interview.


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