Performance of two forms of a computer psychiatric screening interview: Version I of the DISSI

Kathleen K. Bucholz, Lee N. Robins, Joseph J. Shayka, Thomas R. Przybeck, John E. Helzer, Evelyn Goldring, Marjorie H. Klein, John H. Greist, Harold P. Erdman, Stacey S. Skare

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This study reports on the performance of two forms of version I of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule (DIS) computer screening interview, using the traditional interviewer-administered DIS (T-DIS) as the standard. The screening interview was either self-administered (called the S-DISSI) with the subject keying in responses, or interviewer-administered (I-DISSI), with the interviewer keying in the subject's responses. Sensitivity and specificity for both forms were ample (excluding antisocial personality), ranging from 60% to 100% for sensitivity and 54% to 95% for specificity. Concordances with the T-DIS were similar for both forms of the screening interview, ranging from .10 to .87 and compared favorably to those reported by other investigators. The I-DISSI took on average 30 min less than either the T-DIS and S-DISSI. Since the performances of both versions were equivalent, the decision to use either may be based on available resources and characteristics of the study population.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)117-129
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Psychiatric Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1991


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