Telephone assessment of depression severity

J Psychiatr Res. 1993 Jul-Sep;27(3):247-52. doi: 10.1016/0022-3956(93)90035-z.


This report describes the adaptation of three common measures of depression severity, the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, the Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-III-R, and selected items of the Symptom Checklist-90 for follow-up assessment by telephone. In a sample of 30 patients beginning antidepressant treatment, telephone and in-person assessment of current symptom severity produced nearly identical results for all three instruments.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antidepressive Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / drug therapy*
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology
  • Female
  • Health Maintenance Organizations
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality Assessment / statistics & numerical data*
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Telephone*


  • Antidepressive Agents