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Rating Scales in Psychiatry

Peter Tyrer and Caroline Methuen

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Published: Jun 2007

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 64

ISBN: 9781904671534

Rating Scales in Psychiatry

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:

Peter 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 settings.

Caroline Methuen is Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Division of Neurosciences and Mental Health, Imperial College London, with a particular interest in medical education.

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