The QPD Panel is
a psychiatric “lab test” that allows physicians to
diagnose nine common psychiatric disorders. Patients
self-administer the test in six minutes using handheld
computer tablets. Physicians immediately receive a
computer-generated “lab report.” The report resembles a
familiar blood chemistries report. QPD Panel is an
acronym for Quick PsychoDiagnostics Panel.
When to Administer
The QPD Panel may
be administered to all new or established patients. The
test can be readministered as often as desired to
monitor patient progress or assess treatment
The QPD Panel screens for nine Axis I disorders: major
depression, dysthymic disorder, bipolar disorder, generalized
anxiety disorder, panic disorder, posttraumatic stress
disorder, bulimia nervosa, alcohol/substance abuse, and
somatization disorder. It also screens for suicide risk
and domestic abuse.
receive a chart-ready report with a familiar look and
feel, resembling a standard blood chemistries report.
The report provides 1) numeric scores indicating the
severity of symptoms, 2) DSM-IV diagnosis codes, and 3)
a list of symptoms leading to the diagnosis.
QPD Panel was validated against the SCID structured
psychiatric interview and has high sensitivity and
The test has proven effective in
busy primary care offices and clinics. In a physician
satisfaction survey, 95% to 100% of primary care
physicians “agreed” or “strongly agreed” the QPD Panel
is 1) convenient and easy to use, 2) integrates easily
into primary care practice, 3) can be used immediately
by any physician with no special training, 4) presents
results in a clear, user-friendly format, and 5) helps
provide better patient care.”
In a patient
satisfaction survey, 98% to 100% of patients agreed that
1) the QPD Panel is easy to use, 2) the questions are
clear and easy to understand, and 3) the QPD Panel asks
about things that are "important for my doctor to know."
Reading level— 6th grade
completion time— 6.2 minutes
Disorders screened— Major depression, dysthymic
disorder, bipolar disorder, generalized anxiety disorder,
panic disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, bulimia
nervosa, alcohol/substance abuse, somatization disorder.