To validate the Stroke Aphasic Depression Questionnaire (hospital version: SADQ H10), an observer-rated measure of depression, against the brief assessment schedule depression cards (BASDEC) in acute stroke.
This naturalistic audit utilized a cross-sectional design.
As part of routine care, 125 patients on an acute in-patient stroke unit were assessed with the BASDEC and SADQ H10.
The BASDEC classified 40 patients as depressed and 85 as non-depressed. The SADQ H10 and BASDEC significantly correlated.
An ROC (receiver operating curve) analysis showed that the SADQ H10 discriminated between depressed and non-depressed acute stroke patients.
The results support the use of the SADQ H10 as a depression screen in acute stroke.
The British journal of clinical psychology / the British Psychological Society
Shropshire and Wrekin NHS Trust, Telford, UK. vicki.hacker [at] googlemail.com
Br J Clin Psychol. 2010 Mar;49(Pt 1):123-7
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