Rating scores are often used in mental health and neurology to give objective values when assessing symptoms or changes in cognitive function. Additionally, some rating scores are utilized to assess the severity of medication side effects or risks associated with these agents.

Essential Questions and References

What scales and assessments are commonly utilized in bipolar disorder?

  1. The STAndards for BipoLar Excellence Project (STABLE) resource toolkit. [Weblink]. Includes scales and assessments for depression screening, bipolar disorder screening, substance use screening and assessment, suicide risk assessment, side effects monitoring, symptom monitoring, and level of function assessment

Where can I find information about movement disorder rating scales?

  1. Child, Adolescent, and Adult Psychiatric Rating Scales. Bay Psychiatry. [Weblink]

Where can I find detailed descriptions of many rating scores?

  1. Drug-induced movement disorders: A clinical guide to rating scales. CPNP. [Weblink]

What are the relative risks of different anticholinergic effects of medications?

  1. McDowell I. Measuring Health: A Guide to Rating Scales and Questionnaires, Third Edition. New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 2006. [Weblink]

How can I assess for alcohol cravings in my patients?

  1. Carnahan R. The anticholinergic drug scale: Summary of use and validation as of June 2009. [Weblink]

Where can I access a library of psychiatric clinical scales, tests and forms?

  1. Kavanagh DJ, Statham DJ, Feeney GFX, Young RM, May J, Andrade J, et al. Measurement of alcohol craving. Addict Behav. 2013;38(2):1572-1584. DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2012.08.004. PubMed PMID: 23142210.

What books that address rating scales used in psychiatry and mental health?

  1. Psychiatric rating scales. Psychiatric Times [Weblink]
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  2. Baer L and Blais MA (Eds).  Handbook of Clinical Rating Scales and Assessment in Psychiatry and Mental Health.  New York, NY: Humana Press; 2010. [Weblink]
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  3. Sajatovic M and Ramirez LF (Eds).  Rating Scales in Mental Health 2nd ed.  USA: Lexi-Comp; 2003. [Weblink]
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  4. CPNP Psychiatric Pharmacotherapy Review 2020-2021. [Weblink]