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Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD)

Name of questionnaire Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HRSD)
Type of questionnaire-description,age Assesses depression severity
Number of items 17 (standard) or 21 (original)
Number of domains & categories Not applicable
Name of categories/domains   Not applicable
Scaling of items 0-4 or 0-2 (depending on question)
Scoring available: with permission or free Free
Scoring Test-retest reliability Yes
Scoring Internal consistency Yes
Validity Yes, convergent validity and discriminant validity are adequate
Language English
Translations in other languages (if yes, then list the languages) Dutch, German, Arabic, Chinese, Spanish, Turkish
Developer name M Hamilton, MD
Developer contact information Deceased
Availability of questionnaire: needs permission from developer, cost or freely available Public domain
Limitations  Also there is failure to include all symptom domains;  uneven weight attributed to different symptoms; content validity is poor
Link to the questionnaire (if available) Click Here to View the Questionaire
Other comments Clinician-rated scale
References (original publication) Hamilton, M. A Rating Scale for Depression. J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiat. 1960, 23:56-61.
R. Michael Bagby, Ph.D.; Andrew G. Ryder, M.A.; Deborah R. Schuller, M.D.; Margarita B. Marshall, B.Sc The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale: Has the Gold Standard Become a Lead Weight? . Am J Psychiatry 2004;161:2163-2177.