The validity of using patient self-report to assess psychotic symptoms in schizophrenia

Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioural Sciences, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Ángeles, California, United States
Schizophrenia Research (Impact Factor: 3.92). 03/2007; 90(1-3):245-50. DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2006.11.011
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Brief, reliable and valid measures of psychosis can be very useful in both clinical practice and research, and for identifying unmet treatment needs in persons with schizophrenia. This study examines the concurrent validity and receiver operating characteristics of the psychosis scale of the Revised Behavior and Symptom Identification Scale (BASIS-R). The study was conducted with 71 adults with schizophrenia who were randomly sampled from a large mental health clinic. Study participants at the West Los Angeles Veterans Healthcare Center were assessed using the BASIS-R, a subjective, self-report measure, and the UCLA Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS), a clinician-rated measure administered by highly trained research staff. The psychosis scale of the BASIS-R shows good concurrent validity with the psychosis items on the BPRS. Using the BPRS as the gold standard for measuring psychosis, receiver operating characteristics suggest that both the weighted and unweighted versions of the BASIS-R psychosis scale adequately identify psychosis that is moderate or greater or severe. The performance of the two versions was similar. Unweighted scores are easier to calculate, and we therefore recommend cutoff scores based on the unweighted BASIS-R. We identified a cutoff score of 0.5 to best detect moderate or greater psychosis, and a cutoff score of 1.0 to best detect severe or extremely severe psychosis. The BASIS-R has potential as an assessment tool and screening instrument in schizophrenia.

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    • "Depressive symptoms in individuals with schizophrenia are most commonly assessed using measures such as the Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, the Calgary Depression Scale for Schizophrenia, or the Beck Depression Inventory, which have been shown to be highly correlated and reported to have good validity and test–retest reliability (Niv et al., 2007). However, these measures are retrospective in nature, asking participants to recall experiences from the past week or two weeks, thus vulnerable to longterm memory impairments and biases. "
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    • "Additionally, the CTQ has been used in previous studies as an assessment of childhood trauma amongst psychotic disorder patients [6] [17] [19] and prior research has demonstrated the validity of self-report measures in individuals with serious mental illness [25] [26] [27] and of reports of abuse in patients with psychosis [28] [29] [30]. "
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    • "Developing concise screening methods has been a growing interest in recent years, as self-report measures have already been found to be appropriate for evaluating both positive symptoms (Niv et al., 2007; Kim et al., 2010; Lincoln et al., 2010) and prodromal psychotic symptoms (Kobayashi et al., 2008; Kelleher et al., 2011). Due to deficits in self-awareness in schizophrenia (Amador et al., 1994), there is concern that lack of insight in patients may undermine valid appraisal of symptoms on self-report measures (Liraud et al., 2004). "
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