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September 1970

A Short Clinical Rating Scale for Use by Nursing Personnel: I. Development and Design

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn
From the Yale University School of Nursing (Mrs. French), the Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine (Dr. Heninger), and the Connecticut Mental Health Center (Mrs. French and Dr. Heninger), New Haven, Conn.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1970;23(3):233-240. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1970.01750030041007

THERE are available presently several rating scales for use by a nursing staff which are useful in the quantitative assessment of various pathologic behaviors in psychiatric Patients.1-9 Since these have been designed, developed, and applied in quite different contexts, it is unrealistic to expect any single instrument to be best suited for all purposes.9 The choice of any particular scale depends to a large extent on the intended use of the data, to a considerable degree on the characteristics of the patient sample and the number, type, and training of the raters, and to a lesser degree on the availability of certain types of data processing facilities. While some scales are well suited for weekly or monthly ratings by less Well-trained raters, to assess treatment effects,4-7 they are not designed for use in other research situations where continuous or daily longitudinal behavioral data are necessary. The scales

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