Depression Scale (DEPS) in schizophrenia
Article first published online: 13 NOV 2007
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 99, Issue 3, pages 220–222, March 1999
How to Cite
Huttunen, J., Taiminen, T., Kähkönen, J., Tuominen, K. and Salokangas, R. K. R. (1999), Depression Scale (DEPS) in schizophrenia. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 99: 220–222. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.1999.tb00979.x
- Issue published online: 13 NOV 2007
- Article first published online: 13 NOV 2007
- Accepted for publication November 20, 1998
- screening. Schizophrenia
Objective: To explore the applicability of the Depression Scale (DEPS), a screening instrument for detecting depression in primary health care, in schizophrenia.
Method The DEPS was compared with the Calgary Depression Scale (CDS) among 63 patients with schizophrenia.
Results: Using the CDS as a gold standard, the positive and negative predictive values of the DEPS for the diagnosis of depression were 41 % and 97%, respectively. The correlation between the total CDS scores and the total DEPS scores was 0.73.
Conclusion: The DEPS appears to be useful for screening depression among schizophrenic patients, but the positive diagnosis must he confirmed with a clinical interview.