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A comparison of the validity of two psychiatric screening questionnaires: the Arabic General Health Questionnaire (AGHQ) and Self-Reporting Questionnaire (SRQ-20) in UAE, using Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) analysis

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  16 April 2020

R. Ghubash
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine * Health Sciences, UAE University, P.O.Box 17666, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates
O.F. El-Rufaie
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine * Health Sciences, UAE University, P.O.Box 17666, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates
M.T. Abou-Saleh
Affiliation:
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine * Health Sciences, UAE University, P.O.Box 17666, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates
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Abstract

This study compared the ability of the Arabic General Health questionnaire (AGHQ) and Self-Reporting Questionnaire (SRQ-20) to screen ICD-10 psychiatric disorders in an Arab community in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Standardised psychiatric assessments of subjects using the Composite International Diagnostic Interview (CIDI) were carried out. The Receiver Operating Characteristic (ROC) analysis was used to determine validity indices for the AGHQ and SRQ-20. For the AGHQ, sensitivity, specificity and area under the curve (AUC) were 86, 85 and 93% respectively, while for the SRQ-20, validity indices were 83, 83 and 90% respectively. Overall performance of the AGHQ was significantly better than the SRQ-20, especially in males and those under the age of 30 years. We conclude that both questionnaires are valid screening instruments in an Arab community in the UAE.

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