A validation study of two brief measures of depression in the cardiac population

The DMI-10 and DMI-18

Therese M. Hilton*, Gordon Parker, Skye McDonald, Gabriella A. Heruc, Amanda Olley, Heather Brotchie, Cheryl Friend, Warren F. Walsh

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    The authors report on the psychometric characteristics and clinical efficacy of two versions of a recently developed screening measure of depression (the DMI-18 and DMI-10) in the cardiac population. Patients with acute coronary syndrome or heart failure (N = 322) completed the DMI measures, psychosocial questionnaires, and a semistructured clinical interview during the hospital stay. The DMI-18 and DMI-10 measures have adequate psychometric properties, demonstrating high sensitivity and specificity when evaluated against clinical judgment based on a semi-structured interview. The DMI-18 and DMI-10 are appropriate for use as screening instruments in cardiac patients.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)129-135
    Number of pages7
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2006

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