The Galway Study of Panic Disorder. IV. Temporal stability of diagnosis by present state examination test-retest


O'Rouke, D., Fahy, T.J. and Prescott, P. (1996) The Galway Study of Panic Disorder. IV. Temporal stability of diagnosis by present state examination test-retest. British Journal of Psychiatry, 169, (1), 169-100.

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BACKGROUND: A long-term outcome study of DSM-III-R panic disorder included the Present State Examination (PSE) at baseline and follow up five to six years later.

METHOD: PSE test-retest and individual within- patient change scores on various PSE syndromes were assessed for consistency with either a categorical view of panic disorder as a stable clinical entity or panic disorder as one facet only of a "general neurotic syndrome'.

RESULTS: PSE profile at baseline was virtually identical with that at follow up. Few patients had changed in PSE syndrome diagnosis after five to six years.

CONCLUSION: These data, although not conclusive, are supportive of the concept of DSM-III-R panic disorder as a stable clinical entity and are correspondingly difficult to reconcile with the view that panic disorder is but one facet only of a general neurotic syndrome.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 0007-1250 (print)
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Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
H Social Sciences > HA Statistics
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Mathematics > Statistics
ePrint ID: 29971
Date Deposited: 11 May 2007
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:18
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/29971

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