The importance of harmonising diagnostic criteria sets for pathological grief

Br J Psychiatry. 2019 Nov 13;1-4. doi: 10.1192/bjp.2019.240. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

Five diagnostic criteria sets for pathological grief are currently used in research. Studies evaluating their performance indicate that it is not justified to generalise findings regarding prevalence rates and predictive validity across studies using different diagnostic criteria of pathological grief. We provide recommendations to move the bereavement field forward.

Keywords: DSM-5; ICD-11; Persistent complex bereavement disorder; complicated grief; prolonged grief disorder.