Comparability between telephone and face-to-face structured clinical interview for DSM-IV in assessing social anxiety disorder

Perspect Psychiatr Care. 2008 Oct;44(4):241-7. doi: 10.1111/j.1744-6163.2008.00183.x.


Purpose: This article evaluates the comparability of the telephone and in-person Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID) interviews in assessing patients with social anxiety disorder (SAD) as an independent anxiety diagnosis.

Design and methods: One hundred subjects were randomly selected and interviewed with the SCID, once by telephone and once in person (1-3 months later).

Findings: The prevalence of SAD assessed with the telephone interviews was 56%, whereas the in-person prevalence was 52%, with no statistically significant difference. The test-retest kappa for the 200 interviews was .84, indication of excellent agreement.

Practice implications: These findings, along with the existing evidence of their validity, should encourage the use of SCID by telephone for SAD diagnostic interviews.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological*
  • Male
  • Phobic Disorders* / diagnosis
  • Phobic Disorders* / epidemiology
  • Phobic Disorders* / psychology
  • Telephone*
  • Young Adult