|Predictive validity of diagnostic criteria of FD used in mental health care
|University Medical Center Hamburg-Eppendorf, Germany
|Prof. Bernd Löwe
|Degree in medicine, psychology or health sciences; preferably experience in psychodiagnostics, online data collection or analysis of large data sets
The main goal of this project is to assess concurrent and predictive validity of FD, SSD (DSM-5) and BDS (ICD-11) diagnostic criteria used in mental health care and to thereby identify a subset of the most valid and predictive diagnostic criteria that could form an evidenced-based basis for future diagnostic classification systems. ESR5 will start by developing a common methodology toolbox that will be used across the ETUDE project. Online methodology will be developed to construct a prospective cohort of patients that will be followed over one year to allow epidemiological analyses. Various diagnostic criteria of FD, SSD, and BDS will be assessed at baseline. The severity of somatic symptoms, health related anxiety, functional impairment, and diagnostic status will be assessed at baseline, after 6 months and after 1 year. Concurrent and predictive validity will be measured for each diagnostic criteria with regard to somatic symptom severity, health related anxiety functional status, and diagnostic status. A set of the most valid diagnostic criteria will be identified and used for future development of diagnostic classification systems regarding FD, SSD, and BDS. The predictive validity of the individual diagnostic criteria will be compared, the diagnostic overlap of FD, SSD and BDS will be described and their interrelationship will be clarified. Eventually recommendations for future diagnostic classification will be derived.
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