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A visual analogue scale companion for the six‐item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale

May, T and Pridmore, S ORCID: 0000-0002-9170-1798 2019 , 'A visual analogue scale companion for the six‐item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale' , Australian Psychologist , pp. 1-7 , doi:

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Objective: The six-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD6) is a clinician rated measure which lacks a self-report companion. We explored whether asix-item client rated visual analogue scale (VAS6) based on the HAMD6, was aconsistent and valid measure of depression and useful for clinical practice.Method: Participants were N = 117 participants, 88 (75%) female, with majordepressive disorder (MDD) who received transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).Pre- and post-treatment a trained clinician completed the HAMD6 and ClinicalGlobal Impression Scale for Severity (CGI-S), and patients the self-reportedVAS6.Results: internal consistency using Cronbach's alpha was 0.87. VAS6-HAMD6/GGI-S spearman correlations were moderate-strong for four items(depressed mood; work/activities; feelings of guilt; anxiety) and the total score andweak for two items (somatic symptoms, retardation).Conclusions: The self-reported VAS6 was a valid measure of core aspects ofdepression measured by the HAMD6. It is cost effective (takes relatively little clinician time) and is a useful companion to the clinician reported HAMD6.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:May, T and Pridmore, S
Keywords: depression, Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, psychometric, transcranial magnetic stimulation, visual analogue scale
Journal or Publication Title: Australian Psychologist
Publisher: Australian Psychological Soc
ISSN: 0005-0067
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