Year: 2013 Source: Archives Of Suicide Research.(2011).15(1):43-55. DOI:10.1080/13811118.2011.540208 SIEC No: 20130448

The objective was to examine agreement between routine clinician diagnoses of DSM-IV Anxiety, Depressive, Substance-Use disorders with diagnoses generated by CIDI-Auto Version 2.1, administered by trained interviewers. Subjects were 329 deliberate self poisoning patients at a tertiary referral center in Australia. Tests of agreement were: percentage agreement, sensitivity, specificity, positive and negative predictive values, positive and negative likelihood ratios, and Cohen’s kappa coefficients, for 1 month and 12 month CIDI diagnoses. Agreement was poor (kappa <0.40) for Anxiety, Depressive and Substance-Use disorders. Since diagnosis largely determines subsequent treatment, these findings did not support the use of the less expensive CIDI-Auto procedure to replace clinical diagnosis by experienced clinicians for this group of patients exhibiting suicidal behavior.