Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 6–16

The diagnostic interview schedule: Its development, evolution, and use


  • John E. Helzer
    • Department of PsychiatryWashington University School of Medicine
  • Lee N. Robins
    • Department of PsychiatryWashington University School of Medicine

DOI: 10.1007/BF01788437

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Helzer, J.E. & Robins, L.N. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol (1988) 23: 6. doi:10.1007/BF01788437


The DIS has been a response to the new opportunities for highly-reliable, large-scale psychiatric diagnostic surveys that arose with the development of well-define diagnostic criteria and fully described algorithms for combining them. Because it has made use of the power of computers to store and combine many bits of data for a given individual, it offers approaches to diagnosis that are flexible enough to serve the current needs of a broad variety of kinds of investigations and, we hope, to meet future needs as algorithms change.

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