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Tool May Help in Early Identification of Patients With MDD

In a recent study, the Decision Tool Unipolar Depression (DTUD) tool showed promise for the early identification of patients with major depression disorder (MDD) in need of highly specialized care. To evaluate the psychometric features of the DTUD, a cross-sectional multicenter study was conducted. 243 patients with MDD were evaluated with the DTUD. Researchers found:

  • The mean administration time was 4.49 minutes and the content of the total DTUD was judged as clear in 94.7% of the evaluations.
  • Inter-reliability values ranged from 0.69 to 0.91.
  • Higher scores on the DTUD were associated with higher scores on the Maudsley Staging Method and Dutch Measure for quantification of Treatment Resistance Depression.
  • Maximum discrimination was reached at a cutoff score of ≥5 (sensitivity 67%, specificity 83%).

Citation:

van Krugten FCW, et al. The decision tool unipolar depression (DTUD): A new measures to facilitate the early identification of patients with major depressive disorder in need of highly specialized care. [Published online ahead of print June 11, 2019]. BMC Psychiatry. doi: 10.1186/s12888-019-2165-9.