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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 65-68

Mental health research is not just administering rating scales

Editor, Andhra Pradesh Journal of Psychological Medicine (AP J Psychol Med). Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Gandhi Medical College and Hospital; Consultant Psychiatrist, Hyderabad, India

Correspondence Address:
Rajshekhar Bipeta
Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Gandhi Medical College and Hospital, Musheerabad, Secunderabad-500003, Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh
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This editorial is the outcome of my clinical, academic and research experience. With due respect to all stake holders, I wish to point out that mental health research has neglected this important aspect; namely, unqualified and untrained people administering and interpreting various rating scales and other assessment instruments. In this paper, I discuss why this issue is so important, and suggest what authorities, especially journal editors could do.

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