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Article Date: 06 Oct 2010 – 5:00 PDT

The American Psychiatric Association announced the start of field trials to test proposed diagnostic criteria for the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM). Field trials will help assess the practical use of proposed DSM-5 criteria in real-world clinical settings.

The field trials follow a public comment period in which more than 8,000 written comments on the draft diagnostic criteria were submitted to the DSM-5 website by clinicians, researchers and family and patient advocates. Submitted comments were reviewed by DSM-5 Work Groups and resulted in further refinement of the criteria.

Evaluation measures

For the diagnostic criteria that are being evaluated, the results of the field trials will address:

– Feasibility: are the proposed criteria easy for clinicians to understand and to use?

– Clinical Utility: do the proposed criteria do a good job in describing patients’ psychiatric problems and help clinicians make decisions about treatment plans?

– Reliability: are the same conclusions reached consistently when the criteria are used by different clinicians?

– Validity: how accurately do the diagnostic criteria reflect the mental disorders they are designed to describe?

In addition, the field trials will help assess severity measures and cross-cutting dimensional measures.

Read in Full:  http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/203673.php



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