Revista de Saúde Pública
On-line version ISSN 1518-8787
IACOPONI, Eduardo. Metodological issues in measuring the detection of emotional disorders by primary care physicians: a review of the literature. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 1988, vol.22, n.1, pp. 46-56. ISSN 1518-8787. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0034-89101988000100007.
A series of studies in the field of Epidemiological Psychiatry have been performed over the last two decades, and these have focused on the ability of primary care physicians to detect emotional disorders in the patients that attend their practices. The scientific methodology utilized in these studies is the subject of this review, which contains a discussion concerning: a) interviewer awareness bias; b) accuracy of the instruments and c) medical and psychological concepts involved in defining minor emotional disorders. Suggestions for change in the methodology are made in each of the sections of the review.
Keywords : Epidemiologic methods; Mental disorders [diagnosis]; Primary health care; Mass screening [methods].