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. 2000 Nov;157(11):1873-5.
doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.157.11.1873.

Development and Validation of a Screening Instrument for Bipolar Spectrum Disorder: The Mood Disorder Questionnaire

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Development and Validation of a Screening Instrument for Bipolar Spectrum Disorder: The Mood Disorder Questionnaire

R M Hirschfeld et al. Am J Psychiatry. .

Abstract

Objective: Bipolar spectrum disorders, which include bipolar I, bipolar II, and bipolar disorder not otherwise specified, frequently go unrecognized, undiagnosed, and untreated. This report describes the validation of a new brief self-report screening instrument for bipolar spectrum disorders called the Mood Disorder Questionnaire.

Method: A total of 198 patients attending five outpatient clinics that primarily treat patients with mood disorders completed the Mood Disorder Questionnaire. A research professional, blind to the Mood Disorder Questionnaire results, conducted a telephone research diagnostic interview by means of the bipolar module of the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV.

Results: A Mood Disorder Questionnaire screening score of 7 or more items yielded good sensitivity (0.73) and very good specificity (0.90).

Conclusions: The Mood Disorder Questionnaire is a useful screening instrument for bipolar spectrum disorder in a psychiatric outpatient population.

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  • Bipolar disorder questionnaire.
    Mago R. Mago R. Am J Psychiatry. 2001 Oct;158(10):1743-4. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.158.10.1743-a. Am J Psychiatry. 2001. PMID: 11579028 No abstract available.

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