National Institute of Mental Health Diagnostic Interview Schedule. Its history, characteristics, and validity

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1981 Apr;38(4):381-9. doi: 10.1001/archpsyc.1981.01780290015001.


A new interview schedule allows lay interviewers or clinicians to make psychiatric diagnoses according to DSM-III criteria, Feighner criteria, and Research Diagnostic Criteria. It is being used in a set of epidemiological studies sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health Center for Epidemiological Studies. Its accuracy has been evaluated in a test-retest design comparing independent administrations by psychiatrists and lay interviewers to 216 subjects (inpatients, outpatients, ex-patients, and nonpatients).

Publication types

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

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Interview, Psychological*
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • National Institute of Mental Health (U.S.)*
  • United States
  • United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration*