Reliability of the AMDP-System A PRELIMINARY REPORT ON A MULTICENTRE EXERCISE ON THE RELIABILITY OF PSYCHOPATHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENT

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  • H. Busch,

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    1. Psychiatric University Clinic (Dir.: Prof. H. Helmchen), Free University of Berlin, W. Germany; PsychiatriC University Clinic (Dir.: Prof. H. Hippius), University of Munich, W. Germany; World Health Organization, Division of Mental Health (Dir.: N. Sartorius, M.D.), Geneva, Switzerland; Psychiatric University Clinic (Dir.: Prof. K. Heinrich), University of Düsseldorf, W. Germany
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  • M. V. Cranach,

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    1. Psychiatric University Clinic (Dir.: Prof. H. Helmchen), Free University of Berlin, W. Germany; PsychiatriC University Clinic (Dir.: Prof. H. Hippius), University of Munich, W. Germany; World Health Organization, Division of Mental Health (Dir.: N. Sartorius, M.D.), Geneva, Switzerland; Psychiatric University Clinic (Dir.: Prof. K. Heinrich), University of Düsseldorf, W. Germany
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  • W. Gulbinat,

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    1. Psychiatric University Clinic (Dir.: Prof. H. Helmchen), Free University of Berlin, W. Germany; PsychiatriC University Clinic (Dir.: Prof. H. Hippius), University of Munich, W. Germany; World Health Organization, Division of Mental Health (Dir.: N. Sartorius, M.D.), Geneva, Switzerland; Psychiatric University Clinic (Dir.: Prof. K. Heinrich), University of Düsseldorf, W. Germany
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  • E. Renfordt,

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    1. Psychiatric University Clinic (Dir.: Prof. H. Helmchen), Free University of Berlin, W. Germany; PsychiatriC University Clinic (Dir.: Prof. H. Hippius), University of Munich, W. Germany; World Health Organization, Division of Mental Health (Dir.: N. Sartorius, M.D.), Geneva, Switzerland; Psychiatric University Clinic (Dir.: Prof. K. Heinrich), University of Düsseldorf, W. Germany
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  • J. Tegeler

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    1. Psychiatric University Clinic (Dir.: Prof. H. Helmchen), Free University of Berlin, W. Germany; PsychiatriC University Clinic (Dir.: Prof. H. Hippius), University of Munich, W. Germany; World Health Organization, Division of Mental Health (Dir.: N. Sartorius, M.D.), Geneva, Switzerland; Psychiatric University Clinic (Dir.: Prof. K. Heinrich), University of Düsseldorf, W. Germany
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PD Dr. H. Busch Psychiatric University Clinic Free University of Berlin Eschenallee 3 D-1000 Berlin 19 W. Germany

Dr. M. v. Cranach Psychiatric University Clinic University of Munich Nußbaumstr. 7 D-8000 München 2 W. Germany

W. Gulbinat World Health Organization Division of Mental Health CH-1211 Geneva 27 Switzerland

Dr. E. Renfordt Psychiatric University Clinic Free University of Berlin Eschenallee 3 D-1000 Berlin 19 W. Germany

Dr. J. Tegeler Psychiatric University Clinic University of Diisseldorf Bergische Landstr. 2 D-4000 Düsseldorf 12 W. Germany

Abstract

The AMDP-System is a documentation System for psychiatric data widely in use in the German-speaking countries. A summary of results of a multicentred study of interrater agreement of the Psychopathology Scale is presented. A new index of rater agreement was tested and the notion is discussed that the judgement of the presence and the absence of a symptom are two different processes with different reliability.

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