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The Handbook of Psychiatric Measures, Second Edition, offers a compendium of the most noteworthy, widely used, and important new efforts in clinical and research measures. Clinicians, researchers, and managed care administrators will have at their fingertips expert assessment of over 275 measures in a wide array of domains, including a review of each measure's clinical utility, goals, practical issues, and psychometric properties. 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.

In this fully revised edition, more than 40 measures have been added to the discussion and to the CD-ROM. In addition to reassessing measures for inclusion -- adding measures that empirically provide better patient evaluation and subtracting measures that have been superseded -- chapter authors have thoroughly examined and revised measure discussions to provide the most relevant and timely information for clinicians. Costs, translations, and contact information for each measure have also been updated.

Introductory chapters provide background on the application of measures in specific contexts, including a discussion of cultural factors, psychometric properties, and the clinical selection of measures. Readers are then fully equipped with extensive coverage of general diagnostic measures for adults, and measures to evaluate psychiatric symptoms, mental and physical health status, quality of life, adverse effects, patient perceptions of care, stress and life events, family and relational issues, and suicide risk. Next, 17 disorder-specific chapters impart expert review of measures for disorders of childhood and adolescence, cognitive disorders, substance use, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, somatoform disorders, psychotic disorders, dissociative disorders, personality disorders, impulse-control, sexual dysfunction, eating disorders, sleep disorders, and aggression. Each chapter includes updated measure descriptions, new measure variants and research, and newly selected measures particularly appropriate to the domain of discussion.

The Handbook of Psychiatric Measures, Second Edition, promises to become one of the most-used and highly valued resources at a clinician's, researcher's, and administrator's disposal. Much more than a summary of measures, this revised edition provides the essential information to make better decisions about the use of a particular measure.

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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
  • 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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