Handbook of Psychiatric Measures

Handbook of Psychiatric Measures

By: American Psychiatric Association (author)Mixed Media

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Public and private entities are rapidly developing new methods for measuring and reviewing psychiatric careAmethods that may not always reflect good research into the perspective of clinicians. Mental health providers and their patients are being held to new AcriteriaA in determinations of access to services. A wide range of clinical and policy issues are affected by the selection and application of psychiatric measures: eligibility determinations, outcomes assessment, pricing, and risk adjustment, as well as activities related to quality assurance and utilization review. The Handbook of Psychiatric Measures responds to these challenges. The Handbook provides clinicians working in mental health or primary care settings with a compendium of the available rating scales, tests, and measures that may be useful for caring for patients with mental illnesses. In addition, it provides guidance to clinicians, policy makers, and planners on how to better understand and properly use clinical measures to assess performance of individual providers or groups of providers in health care delivery systems. In selecting, applying, and interpreting a measure, clinicians must be knowledgeable about the nuances of measurement, including not only the psychometric properties of an instrument (e.g., its reliability or validity), but, even more importantly, the factors that affect the clinical utility of the measure. This handbook supplies that knowledge, with detailed information about components, reliability, validity, and clinical utility, including strengths and weaknesses, for each measure included. Accompanying this handbook is a CD-ROM that includes complete copies of 108 measures discussed in the handbookAover 900 pages of measures. The CD-ROM also includes the complete, unabridged text of the Handbook of Psychiatric Measures, in fully searchable form. The electronic version is replete with links and cross-references, including links from the text of the handbook to the actual measures being discussed.


Section I: Introduction to the Handbook. Organization and use of the handbook. Psychometric properties: concepts of reliability and validity. Considerations in choosing, using, and interpreting a measure for a particular clinical context. Considerations in choosing, using, and interpreting measures for healthcare systems. Cultural factors in the selection, use, and interpretation of psychiatric measures. Section II: General Measures (Non-Disorder Specific). Diagnostic interviews for adults. General psychiatric symptoms measures. Mental health status, functioning, and disabilities measures. General health status, functioning, and disabilities measures. Quality-of-life measures. Adverse effects measures. Patient perceptions of care measures. Practitioner/system evaluation. Stress and life events measures. Family and relational issues measures. Suicide risk measures. Section III: Measures Related to DSM-IV Diagnostic Categories. Measures primarily designed for use with children and adolescents: an overview. Child and adolescent measures for diagnosis and screening. Symptom-specific measures for disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence. Child and adolescent measures of functional status. Behavioral measures for cognitive disorders. Neuropsychiatric measures for cognitive disorders. Substance use disorders measures. Psychotic disorders measures. Mood disorders measures. Anxiety disorders measures. Somatoform and factitious disorders and malingering measures. Dissociative disorders measures. Sexual disorders measures. Eating disorders measures. Sleep disorders measures. Impulse-control disorders measures. Personality disorders, personality traits, and defense mechanisms measures. Appendixes. General Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780890424155
  • Format: Mixed Media
  • Number Of Pages: 816
  • ID: 9780890424155
  • weight: 2177
  • ISBN10: 0890424152

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