Rating Scales in Psychiatry
Peter Tyrer and Caroline Methuen
Selection of the best
outcome measures is a crucial step in psychiatric research. There
are excellent instruments available for most areas of interest and
researchers are often faced with a confusing choice. Getting it
right will save you time and money, affect the validity and
comparability of your results and, ultimately, improve the impact
of your publications.
This booklet, extracted from
the third edition of Research Methods in
Psychiatry and with a new foreword and introduction, will
help guide you through the crucial process of selecting the rating
scales to use in your research. Crucially, each scale is listed
with its citation rate as a guide to its popularity among the
research community and the potential comparability of results.
- Choosing a rating scale.
- The most widely used rating scales across all
fields of psychiatric research, comprehensively referenced.
- Citation rates included for all scales.
About the authors:
Tyrer is Editor of the British Journal of Psychiatry and
Professor of Community Psychiatry at Imperial College, London. He
has been involved in research in health services, common mental
disorders and personality since 1970. He is also the lead of the
North London Hub of the Mental Health Research Network, England,
which aims to improve the quality of research in ordinary clinical
Methuen is Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Division of
Neurosciences and Mental Health, Imperial College London, with a
particular interest in medical education.