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A visual analogue scale companion for the six‐item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale


May, T and Pridmore, S, A visual analogue scale companion for the six‐item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, Australian Psychologist, 55, (1) pp. 3-9. ISSN 0005-0067 (2020) [Refereed Article]

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2019 The Australian Psychological Society

DOI: doi:10.1111/ap.12427


Objective: The six-item Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HAMD6) is a clinician rated measure which lacks a self-report companion. We explored whether a six-item client rated visual analogue scale (VAS6) based on the HAMD6, was a consistent and valid measure of depression and useful for clinical practice. Method: Participants were N = 117 participants, 88 (75%) female, with major depressive disorder (MDD) who received transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS). Pre- and post-treatment a trained clinician completed the HAMD6 and Clinical Global Impression Scale for Severity (CGI-S), and patients the self-reported VAS6.

Results: internal consistency using Cronbach's alpha was 0.87. VAS6- HAMD6/GGI-S spearman correlations were moderate-strong for four items (depressed mood; work/activities; feelings of guilt; anxiety) and the total score and weak for two items (somatic symptoms, retardation).

Conclusions: The self-reported VAS6 was a valid measure of core aspects of depression measured by the HAMD6. It is cost effective (takes relatively little clinician time) and is a useful companion to the clinician reported HAMD6.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:depression, Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, psychometric, transcranial magnetic stimulation, visual analogue scale
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Health services and systems
Research Field:Mental health services
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Public health (excl. specific population health)
Objective Field:Mental health
UTAS Author:Pridmore, S (Professor Saxby Pridmore)
ID Code:134145
Year Published:2020 (online first 2019)
Web of Science® Times Cited:5
Deposited By:Medicine
Deposited On:2019-07-31
Last Modified:2020-08-14

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