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EPOS Basic Data Form (BDF) including premorbid adjustment scale and strauss & carpenter prognostic scale

The Basic Data Form (BDF, Salokangas RKR, Suomela T; Turku: University of Turku 2002) is an interview especially developed by EPOS for briefly reviewing the probands sociodemographic background, physical health, obstetric complications, as well as premorbid adjustment, social functioning and impairment by psychiatric symptoms.

For the latter, the Premorbid Adjustment Scale (PAS, Cannon-Spoor H, Potkin G, Wyatt J, 1982) and the Prognostic Scale (S& C PS, Strauss JS, Carpenter WT jr, 1974) were incorporated into the Basic data Form. Thus, instead of having numerous collections of partly differing characteristics in various instruments, the BDF allows for the focused collection of data needed to generally characterize psychosis research samples including developmental and functional aspects.

The predictive value of the BDF data in terms of early recognition and course of prodrome-like states is currently further evaluated. Potential end-users are psychiatric, psychological or public health investigators engaged in psychosis research. As the main benefit, the Basic Data Form provides a time-efficient assessment of essential sample data for various types of psychosis studies.

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University of Turku
Department of Psychiatry
20520 Turku
Finland
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