DIGS Version 1.0

The purpose of the Diagnostic Interview for Genetics Studies (DIGS) is to record information regarding a subject's functioning and psychopathology with primary emphasis on information relevant to the study of the affective disorders and schizophrenia.  The interview also covers a wide variety of symptoms associated with many other conditions such as alcoholism, drug abuse, and personality disorders.  The organization of the interview and the item coverage are designed to elicit information necessary for making diagnoses based on multiple diagnostic criteria.  The interview is suitable for use in studies of probands and their relatives.  It allows for assessment of current and past episodes of illness.  However, it includes only a partial examination of the mental status (e.g., Modified Mini-Mental Status Exam).

Development of the DIGS instrument and training manual was supported by the NIMH Diagnostic Centers for Psychiatric Linkage Studies (extramural grant numbers U01 MH 46274, 46276, 46280, 46282, 46289, 46318, and the Clinical Neurogenetics Branch, Instramural Research Program, NIMH).

Participating members of the NIMH Diagnostic Centers for Psychiatric Linkage Studies include:

Mary Blehar, Ph.D., C. Robert Cloninger, M.D., J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., M.D., Stephen Faraone, Ph.D., Elliot Gershon, M.D., Juliet Guroff, M.S.W., Jill Harkavy Friedman, Ph.D., Charles Kaufman, M.D., Mary Elizabeth Maxwell, M.S.W., John Nurnberger, Jr., M.D., Ph.D., John Pepple, Ph.D., Theodore Reich, M.D., Sylvia Simpson, M.D., Ming Tusang, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., and Carolyn York, R.N.


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