A computerized psychiatric diagnostic system and case nomenclature for elderly subjects: GMS and AGECAT

Psychol Med. 1986 Feb;16(1):89-99. doi: 10.1017/s0033291700057779.


The Geriatric Mental State and a new computerized diagnostic system, AGECAT, are briefly described. A nomenclature for designating cases for epidemiological work is introduced. Concordance between AGECAT and psychiatrists' diagnoses for these studies, hospital and community based (total of 541 subjects), achieved overall kappa values of 0.84 for a psychiatric hospital sample and 0.74 for a community sample. The values for depression and organic illness specifically in these settings were psychiatric hospital 0.80/0.86, and community 0.80/0.88, respectively.

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Alcoholism / diagnosis
  • Bipolar Disorder / diagnosis
  • Dementia / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Computer-Assisted*
  • Hospitals, Psychiatric
  • Humans
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Mental Status Schedule*
  • Neurotic Disorders / diagnosis
  • Paranoid Disorders / diagnosis
  • Personality Disorders / diagnosis
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales*
  • Schizophrenia / diagnosis
  • Software
  • Terminology as Topic*