Journal article

Abbreviated assessment of psychopathology in patients with suspected seizure disorders

Charles Malpas, Albert Wang, Michelle Leong, Benjamin Johnstone, Genevieve Rayner, Tomas Kalincik, Patrick Kwan, Terence O’Brien, Dennis Velakoulis

Published : 2019

Abstract

Purpose Psychopathology is common in patients undergoing investigation for seizure-related disorders. Psychometric examination using self-report instruments, such as the SCL-90-R, can assist diagnosis. The SCL-90-R, however, is a lengthy instrument and might not be tolerated by all patients. We assessed several abbreviated forms of the SCL-90-R in patients undergoing video encephalographic monitoring (VEM). Method 687 patients completed the SCL-90-R and scores were computed for the full SCL-90-R and five abbreviated forms. Correlations and mean differences were computed between different forms. Classification accuracy was assessed via receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves, and measu..

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