Journal article

Reliability and validity of the Kessler 10 and Patient Health Questionnaire among injecting drug users

Leanne Hides, Dan I Lubman, Harriet Devlin, Sue Cotton, Campbell Aitken, Tania Gibbie, Margaret Hellard

AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY | INFORMA HEALTHCARE-TAYLOR & FRANCIS | Published : 2007

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To examine the reliability and validity of the Kessler 10 (K10) and the Patient Health Questionnaire (PHQ) in a sample of injecting drug users (IDUs). METHOD: Participants were 103 IDUs with a current substance use disorder accessing a needle and syringe programme. Presence of mental health disorders was assessed using the Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (MINI). RESULTS: Both the K10 and PHQ had high levels of internal consistency and concurrent validity. Individuals with a positive screen on the K10 were ten lines more likely to have a current affective disorder, while those with a positive PHQ screen had nearly 14 times the risk. CONCLUSIONS: The K10 and PHQ are re..

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