Hamilton depression rating scale: Uses and applications

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The Hamilton Depression Rating Scale is a widely used measuring instrument to assess the severity of depression in dynamics and the effectiveness of treatment of patients with already identified depressive disorder. A trained rater with knowledge of the tool and symptoms of the depressive illness should administer it. The most commonly used versions in the studies are either a 17- or a 21-item scale. The scoring of the severity of the depressive symptoms is based on 17 items. It is scored between 0 (not present) and 4 (severe) points using either a three-point or a five-point scale and summed up to obtain the total score. The assessment generally takes 15–30 min. The indications, validity, and limitations of the scale are discussed in this chapter
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Neuroscience of Depression
Subtitle of host publicationFeatures, Diagnosis, and Treatment
EditorsMartin Colin, Patel Vinood, Rajendram Rajkumar, Hunter Lan-Anh, Victor Preedy
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-817933-8
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Publication series

NameThe Neuroscience of Depression


  • Hamilton depression rating scale
  • Depression
  • Psychometric evaluation
  • Depressive disorder

Field of Science*

  • 3.2 Clinical medicine

Publication Type*

  • 3.1. Articles or chapters in proceedings/scientific books indexed in Web of Science and/or Scopus database


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