Posted by: milad javid | 2017/11/13


What should the depression stats be?

"minimum data set" of depression or form admission depression that use in huspital

Expert's Reply


Depression expert
- 2017/11/14

Hello milad,
I'm sorry but I rally don't understand your question. Stats on hospital admissions for any condition depend on the accuracy and validity of the method used to diagnose and classify the disorders.  Some methods measure the wrong thing, so it's irrelevant whether they are in some way "accurate", and so on.  The reliability of statistics depends in the method used ; perhaps using the diagnosis made by a doctor after a careful assessment, or maybe the score on a questionnaire the patient filled in.
Stats should reflect as accurately as possible the true state of affairs.
To try to make them more reliable, around the world many of us have adopted internationally agreed criteria for making diagnoses, like the DSM system.  To try to be usefully sure that when a doc in China and on in France are talking about someone with depression, they're talking about the same thing.
But hospitals differ  in who they see, who comes to them, and their admission stats, for instance, are likely to differ.

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