Psychological Medicine



Scales to measure dimensions of hallucinations and delusions: the psychotic symptom rating scales (PSYRATS)


G. HADDOCK a1c1, J. McCARRON a1, N. TARRIER a1 and E. B. FARAGHER a1
a1 From the Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester and Department of Medical Statistics, Withington Hospital, Manchester; and Department of Clinical Psychology, Royal Bolton Hospital, Bolton

Abstract

Background. Scales to measure the severity of different dimensions of auditory hallucinations and delusions are few. Biochemical and psychological treatments target dimensions of symptoms and valid and reliable measures are necessary to measure these.

Method. The inter-rater reliability and validity of the Psychotic Symptom Rating Scales (PSYRATS: auditory hallucination subscale and delusions subscale), which measure several dimensions of auditory hallucinations and delusions were examined in this study.

Results. The two scales were found to have excellent inter-rater reliability. Their validity as compared with the KGV scale (Krawiecka et al. 1977) was explored.

Conclusions. It is concluded that the PSYRATS are useful assessment instruments and can complement existing measures.


Correspondence:
c1 Address for correspondence: Dr Gillian Haddock, Academic Department of Clinical Psychology, University of Manchester, Department of Psychiatry, Tameside General Hospital, Fountain Street, Ashton-under-Lyne OL6 9RW.


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