Which instruments to support diagnosis of depression have sufficient accuracy? A systematic review.

@article{Pettersson2015WhichIT,
  title={Which instruments to support diagnosis of depression have sufficient accuracy? A systematic review.},
  author={Agneta Pettersson and Kristina Bengtsson Bostr{\"o}m and Petter J Gustavsson and Lisa Ekselius},
  journal={Nordic journal of psychiatry},
  year={2015},
  volume={69 7},
  pages={497-508}
}
BACKGROUND Instruments are frequently used in case finding, diagnosis and severity grading of major depression, but the evidence supporting their utility is weak. AIM To systematically review the specificity and sensitivity of instruments used to diagnose and grade the severity of depression. METHODS MEDLINE, PsycInfo, Embase and the Cochrane Library databases were searched until April 2014. Fifty studies fulfilled the inclusion criteria. Risk of bias was assessed with QUADAS. The average… CONTINUE READING
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