Development of a standardized training program for the Hamilton Depression Scale using internet-based technologies: results from a pilot study

We developed a web-based, interactive rater education program for standardized training to diverse sites in multi-center trials

Kenneth A Kobak

2003

Scholarcy highlights

  • Poor inter-rater reliability is a major concern, contributing to error variance, which decreases power and increases the risk for failed trials
  • Establishing standardized procedures for administering and scoring the Hamilton Depression Scale is typically done at study initiation meetings
  • We developed a web-based, interactive rater education program for standardized training to diverse sites in multi-center trials
  • Results support the feasibility of this methodology for improving rater training

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