Concordance between patients and informants on the personality disorder examination

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2014

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  • Difficulties in the assessment of personality disorders and the burgeoning interest in axis II have led to increased use of informants when studying these conditions
  • The present study sought to evaluate the correspondence between patients and their informants on symptoms of personality disorders
  • A total of 105 outpatients and knowledgeable informants were independently interviewed by using the Personality Disorder Examination, a widely used instrument for the full range of personality disorders
  • Many of the symptoms obtained from informants were not reported by patients. These data suggest that patient- informant concordance for axis II disorders is poor for diagnoses but somewhat better for dimensional scores
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