Handbook of Psychiatric Measures / Edition 2

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Overview

The Handbook of Psychiatric Measures offers a concise summary of key evaluations that you can easily incorporate into your daily practice. The measures will enhance the quality of patient care assisting you, both in diagnosis and assessment of outcomes. Comprising a wide range of methods available for assessing persons with mental health problems, the Handbook contains more than 275 rating methods, from the Abnormal Involuntary Movement Scale to the Zung Self-Rating Depression Scale.

In this fully revised edition, more than 40 measures have been added both to the book and to the accompanying CD-ROM. The Handbook features: • Thoroughly examined and revised measures that provide the most relevant and timely information for clinicians. • New measures that empirically provide better patient evaluation• Updated costs, translations, and contact information for each measure

This handy compendium includes both diagnostic tools and measures of symptoms, function and quality of life, medication side effects, and other clinically relevant parameters. It focuses on measures that can be most readily used in either clinical practice or research. Most of the measures are designed to improve the reliability and validity of patient assessment over what might be accomplished in a standard clinical interview. The measures also demonstrate that the use of formal measures can improve the collection, synthesis, and reporting of information as compared with the use of unstructured examinations.

Seventeen disorder-specific chapters, organized in DSM-IV-TR order, include measures for: • Disorders of childhood and adolescence• Cognitive disorders• Sexual dysfunction• Eating disorders• Sleep disorders • Aggression and much more.

The discussion of each measure includes goals, description, practical issues, psychometric properties, and clinical utility, followed by references and suggested readings. This revised edition includes updated measure descriptions, new measure variants and research, and newly selected measures particularly appropriate to the domain of discussion. As a clinical tool, this book • Describes how, when, and to what purpose measures are used• Points out practical issues to consider in choosing a measure for clinical use• Addresses limitations in the use of measures including ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic factors that influence their interpretation

Use of this special resource is further enhanced by a CD-ROM containing the full text of more than 150 of these measures -- an invaluable aid for reference and clinical decision-making.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Steven T. Herron, MD (University of Arizona Health Sciences Center)
Description: Containing over 275 different psychiatric measures spanning various diagnostic categories, this text catalogues well-known and utilized scales, provides brief descriptions of their clinical utility, and offers limited psychometric property information (including reliability and validity.
Purpose: The editors of this edition indicate its purpose is "to inform clinicians about the selection, use, and interpretation of formal assessments. . . and to assist them in evaluating the potential utility of such measurement tools in clinical practice."
Audience: Directed at clinicians working within the mental health field, this text may also be useful for individuals from other disciplines, including those interested in public mental health, nursing, or other aspects of psychiatric patient care, as well as residents and medical students studying in the field.
Features: The most valuable feature of this book is the CD-ROM which contains scanned copies of many (but not all) of the measures. The measures cover both general categories (level of functioning, quality of life, etc.) and specific DSM-IV-TR diagnostic areas. The initial section of the book explains methods of its use, and indicates additional factors to be considered in choosing specific measures, including those related to culture. Each chapter ends with a manageable reference list, and an illustration near the title of each measure indicates if it is on the CD-ROM.
Assessment: The descriptions of measures are brief, so if readers are interested in more detail, they must rely on the references for additional useful information. The authors' attempt to provide high-yield information is commendable, though at times frustrating, as it can be difficult to determine the appropriate patient populations to screen. Ultimately, the benefits of having this condensed information far outweigh the disadvantages.
The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

It is an impressive reference work.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585622184
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/28/2007
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 864
  • Sales rank: 839,566
  • Product dimensions: 8.50 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

A. John Rush Jr., M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical Sciences at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas in Dallas, Texas.

Michael B. First, M.D., is Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Research Psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York, New York.

Deborah Blacker, M.D., Sc.D., is Assistant Vice Chair for Research and Director, Gerontology Research Unit, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Associate Professor of Epidemiology at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts.

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Table of Contents

Preface. Acknowledgements. About the CD-ROM. 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. Cultural factors nfluencing the selection, use, and interpretation of psychiatric measures. Section II: General Measures (Non-Disorder Specific). Diagnostic measures 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. Stress and life events measures. Family risk factor measures. Suicide risk measures. Section III: Measures Related To DSM-IV Diagnostic Categories. 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. Measures for delirium and the behavioral symptoms of cognitive disorders. Neuropsychiatric measures for cognitive disorders. Substance use disorder measures. Psychotic disorders measures. Mood disorders measures. Anxiety disorders measures. Somatoform and factitious disorders and malingering measures. Dissociative disorders measures. Measures of sexual dysfunction and disorders. Eating disorders measures. Sleep disorders measures. Impulse-control disorders measures. Personality disorders, personality traits, and defense mechanisms measures. Aggression measures. Appendix A: DSM-IV-TR classification. Appendix B: list of measures included on the CD-ROM. Appendix C: index of measures. Appendix D: index of abbreviations for measures. General index.

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