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Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 23, Issue 1, pp 6-16

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

  • John E. HelzerAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine
  • , Lee N. RobinsAffiliated withDepartment of Psychiatry, Washington University School of Medicine

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Conclusion

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.