A Way to Increase the Sensitivity and Specificity of the Hamilton Depression and Anxiety Scales

Gunver M. G., Senocak M., Ilhan R., Aktas H., Kilic S., Oksuz O., ...More

PSYCHIATRY AND CLINICAL PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY, vol.31, no.3, pp.292-302, 2021 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 31 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.5152/pcp.2021.21386
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.292-302
  • Keywords: Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale, sensitivity, specificity, receiver operating characteristic (ROC), OPERATING CHARACTERISTIC CURVE, RATING-SCALE, RELIABILITY, VALIDITY, DISORDER, SLEEP
  • Istanbul University Affiliated: Yes


Objective: The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS-17) and the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HARS-14) have been acknowledged as gold standards in evaluating the severity of depression and anxiety. The specificity and sensitivity of these scales in predicting somatic complaints of depression and anxiety are issues in both clinical and research areas. The present study proposes a new model to enhance the sensitivity and specificity of HDRS-17 and HARS-14 for predicting symptoms of insomnia, inappetence, and loss of libido in psychiatric patients.