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Computerized Adaptive Test–Depression Inventory Not Ready for Prime Time—Reply

Robert D. Gibbons, PhD1; David J. Weiss, PhD2; Paul A. Pilkonis, PhD3; Ellen Frank, PhD3; Tara Moore, MA, MPH3; Jong Bae Kim, PhD1; David J. Kupfer, MD3
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1Center for Health Statistics, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
2Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota
3Western Psychiatric Institute, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
JAMA Psychiatry. 2013;70(7):763-765. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.1322.
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In Reply The Carroll letter “Computerized Adaptive Test–Depression Inventory Not Ready for Prime Time” criticizes our recent article1 published in the November 2012 issue of this journal. Carroll suggests that:

This statement is not correct. Indeed, we reported convergent validity with the Patient Health Questionnaire 9, Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression, and Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale with correlations in the r = 0.80 range. In terms of a “crosswalk to DSM-IV criteria,” the CAT-DI demonstrated sensitivity of 0.92 and specificity of 0.88 with a Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV–based diagnosis of major depressive disorder, showing that it provides a very strong linkage to DSM-IV criteria.


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July 1, 2013
Bernard J. Carroll, MBBS, PhD, FRCPsych
1Pacific Behavioral Research Foundation, Carmel, California
JAMA Psychiatry. 2013;70(7):763. doi:10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2013.1318.
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