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APA Recommended Adult Rating Scales

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Team PsyPack
Fri Dec 15 2023

In the evolving landscape of mental health care, Measurement-Based Care (MBC) stands as a crucial tool for optimizing treatment outcomes. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) emphasizes the significance of routine MBC, backed by evidence of improved quality of care and patient-centered outcomes. This blog explores the recent APA Resource Document’s recommended Adult Rating Scales.

InstrumentCondition/TypePatient Administered
Patient Health Questionnaire-9 (PHQ- 9)DepressionYes
PROMIS DepressionDepressionYes
General Anxiety Disorder-7 (GAD-7)AnxietyYes
PROMIS AnxietyAnxietyYes
Panic Disorder Severity Scale – Self- Report (PDSS-SR)Panic attacksYes
PROMIS AlcoholAlcohol use disordersYes
US-Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test-Consumption (USAUDIT-C)Alcohol use disordersYes
Brief Addiction Monitor (BAM-R)Substance use disordersYes
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Checklist (PCL)TraumaYes
PTSD Checklist for DSM-5 (PCL-5)TraumaYes
Adult ADHD Symptom Rating Scale (ASRS)ADHDYes
Columbia–Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS)SuicideNo
Ask Suicide Screening Questions (ASQ)SuicideNo
Brief Pain Inventory (BPI)PainYes
Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale-6 (PANSS-6)PsychosisNo
Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale (BPRS)Psychiatric severityNo
Altman Self-Rated Mania Scale (ASRM)ManiaYes
Eating Disorder Examination – Questionnaire Short (EDE-QS)Eating disorder pathologyYes
Florida Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory (FOCI)
C-FOCI (child version)
Obsessive compulsive symptomologyYes
Edinburgh Post Natal Depression ScreenMaternal depressionYes
Medical Outcomes Study Short-Form Health Survey (SF-12)Health-related quality of life/functional statusYes
World Health Organization Disability Assessment Schedule (WHODAS II)Functional statusYes
Resource Document on Implementation of Measurement-Based Care by American Psychiatric Association

In conclusion, selecting the right measure is pivotal for successful MBC implementation. The table serves as a comprehensive guide, but the journey doesn’t end here. Most of these assessments are conveniently available on PsyPack, providing clinicians with a user-friendly platform to seamlessly integrate these tools into their practice. Empower your mental health practice with PsyPack and stay at the forefront of delivering patient-centered care.

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