Psychological Medicine

Brief Communication

The rating of symptoms by a psychiatrist and a non-psychiatrist: a study of patients referred from general practice

J. K. Winga1 c1, A. S. Hendersona1 and Margaret Wincklea1

a1 MRC Social Psychiatry Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, London, and the Social Psychiatry Research Unit, National Health and Medical Research Council, Australian National University, Canberra


A psychologist interviewing patients referred to the psychiatric service of a health centre rated twice as much morbidity, measured by total PSE score, as a psychiatrist interviewing equivalent patients. Scores on the self-rated GHQ showed no difference between the 2 groups. It is suggested that such differences could be avoided by giving careful attention to training interviewers.


c1 Address for correspondence: Professor J. K. Wing, MRC Social Psychiatry Unit, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF.