Test-retest reliability of the computerized DSM-IV version of the Munich-Composite International Diagnostic Interview (M-CIDI)

Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol. 1998 Nov;33(11):568-78. doi: 10.1007/s001270050095.


The structure and content of the Munich-Composite International Diagnostic Interview (M-CIDI) for the assessment of DSM-IV symptoms, syndromes, and diagnoses is described along with findings from a test-retest reliability study. A sample of 60 community respondents were interviewed twice independently by trained interviewers with an average time interval of 38 days between investigations. Test-retest reliability was good for almost all specific DSM-IV core symptom questions and disorders examined, with kappa values ranging from fair for two diagnoses--bulimia (kappa 0.55) and generalized anxiety disorder (kappa 0.45)--to excellent (kappa above 0.72) for all other anxiety disorders and alcohol use disorders. Test-retest reliability for age of onset and time-related questions was fairly consistently high (intra-class correlation values of 0.79 or above), with one notable exception: the assessment of disorders with onset before puberty. We concluded that the M-CIDI is acceptable for respondents, efficient in terms of time needed for and ease of administration, and reliable in terms of consistency of findings over time periods of at least 1 month.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
  • Bipolar Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Interviews as Topic / methods*
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / standards*
  • Psychometrics
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Sampling Studies
  • Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis
  • Statistics as Topic