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The NetSCID is a computerized version of the Structured Clinicial Interview for the DSM-5 (SCID-5) and is fully licensed by the American Psychiatric Association through American Psychiatric Association Publishing.

NetSCID-5 Versions
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Research Version (RV)

Comprehensive and research-oriented

Average interview length is 90 minutes

Strong test-retest and inter-rater reliability

Improves ability of researchers to accurately diagnose primary and comorbid mental disorders

Bulk discounts available for purchasing 200+ interviews

Also available in Spanish

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Clinical Version (CV)

Heavily streamlined in content and possible response options

Average interview length is 30-45 minutes

Same reliability and sensitivity of the Research Version in diagnosing mental health disorders

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Personality Disorders (PD)

Assesses ten DSM-5 Personality Disorders across Clusters A, B, and C as well as Other Specified Personality Disorder

Efficiently and accurately renders the most common diagnoses

The Screening Patient Question (SPQ) pre-populates the NetSCID-5-PD interview, further streamlining adminstration

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Customize Your Interview: Users may click their way to the optimal interview by selecting only the modules they wish to administer.

Automatic Calculations: The NetSCID-5 automatically prefills diagnosis items based on the relevant criteria results. The diagnosis items are still able to be changed at the clinician’s discretion.

Automatic Branching: The NetSCID-5 branches the user to the next appropriate question based on previous user input.

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Interview Assistance

On-screen Summary of Progress: Users can view/hide a summary box containing a tree-diagram of every question administered and their associated responses as well as each diagnosis met. Items presented in the summary box are active links that take the user directly to the item.

Open-Ended Note Feature Interviewers have the option to add open-ended item notes on each individual question with no length constraints.

NetSCID - 5 Advisor: The Advisor provides the interviewer with instant feedback by confirming the rendering of diagnoses and specifiers as well as displaying those which have been ruled out.

Diagnosis Tracker: The Diagnosis Tracker displays all confirmed diagnoses and specifiers during the current interview, and is easily accessible from every screen.

Mouseless Operation & Touchscreen Compatible: A blue box indicates the current item selection, permitting the interviewer to use the arrow keys alone in selecting a response. The NetSCID-5 is also fully touchscreen compatible, so it can be administered using a tablet (such as an iPad) or smartphone.

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Easy, Secure Data Management

Full Diagnostic Report: Electronic Health Record (EHR)-ready diagnostic reports are provided for each interview containing ICD codes and full diagnostic text, including specifiers.

Comprehensive Database: Data can be accessed anytime with the Download Data feature, and is available in a horizontal tab-delimited set of text files which may be seamlessly imported into any spreadsheet or statistical analysis program (Excel, SPSS, SAS, R, etc).

View Interview Data: All administered items, responses, item notes, interview notes and item descriptions are are optionally displayed beneath the full report.

Resume Interviews: The NetSCID-5 makes it easy to pick up where you left off when an interview is cut short. You can also revisit completed interviews to correct errors.

Secure Access: Each user is assigned a unique login and password. All data is stored using encrypted and geo-redundant servers, and the entire system is fully HIPAA-complaint.

Praise for the NetSCID-5

“I participated in the development, validation and end user testing of the NetSCID. The NetSCID is faithful to the content of the paper SCID and at least as reliable and valid.”

Michael B. First, M.D.
Author of the SCID
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Columbia University

“As a PI, I really appreciate the savings in time and resources associated with the NetSCID — the NetSCID is easier to use and more efficient than the paper SCID.”

Heidemarie Laurent, PhD
Assistant Professor
University of Oregon


Results from Initial Validation

Our validation research included 24 clinicians who administered the SCID to 230 participants who completed the paper SCID and/or the NetSCID. Data-entry errors, branching errors, and clinician satisfaction were quantified.

Ninety-seven (97%) percent of error rates occurred among clinicians administering the paper SCID. All errors that occurred when utilizing the NetSCID were subsequently corrected by our programmers.

Administration time was reduced by over 30%.

Clinicians found it easier to administer (p < 0.05), easier to navigate (p < 0.05), and simpler to score (p < 0.01).

Ninety (90%) percent of clinicians preferred the NetSCID to its paper counterpart.

Results from Beta Testing

After the success of the initial validation of the NetSCID, it was released to academic research groups for beta testing. Over 8000 NetSCID interviews were conducted by 75 different university research groups in the United States, Canada, UK, South Africa, and Australia. Feedback from every group confirmed the results of the validation study:

Diagnostic errors were eliminated.

Compared to the paper SCID, administration time was reduced by over 30%.

Clinicians reported it to be much easier to use.

Review Paper in Full

Validation of the NetSCID: an Automated Web-Based Adaptive Version of the SCID. Brodey, B.B., First, M., Linthicum, J., Haman, K., Sasiela, J.W., Ayer, D. (2016). Comprehensive Psychiatry, 66, 67-70.



NetSCID: An automated web-based adaptive version of the SCID.Benjamin B. Brodey, MD, MPH and Lisa Zweede, MD, MS.

Training Materials

See the NetSCID-5 User Guide for step-by-step instructions on how to use the NetSCID-5 and check out the below videos.

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