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.