Diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia and related disorders: options for DSM-IV

Schizophr Bull. 1991;17(1):133-56. doi: 10.1093/schbul/17.1.133.


Five alternative sets of diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia and related psychotic disorders are presented in the appendix following this report. They include the DSM-III-R criteria, the most recent version of the ICD-10 research criteria, and three new sets that have been proposed as options for DSM-IV. A multicenter field trial is currently gathering data that will allow researchers to compare the performance characteristics of each set of criteria, including dimensions such as classification rates, reliability, and user-friendliness. In this report, the rationale behind the proposed modifications and the methods and goals of the field trials are summarized.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Affective Symptoms / classification
  • Affective Symptoms / diagnosis
  • Affective Symptoms / psychology
  • Delusions / classification
  • Delusions / diagnosis
  • Delusions / psychology
  • Humans
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychometrics
  • Schizophrenia / classification
  • Schizophrenia / diagnosis*
  • Schizophrenic Psychology*
  • Thinking