Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS)

 

Purpose of the measure

The Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) is a self-administered measure used to screen for the presence of depression and anxiety. The HADS was developed to provide clinicians with an acceptable, reliable, valid and easy to use practical tool for identifying and quantifying depression and anxiety. The HADS can be used in a variety of settings (e.g. community, primary care, in-hospital, and psychiatry). The HADS is not intended as a complete diagnostic tool, but as a means for identifying general hospital patients who need further psychiatric evaluation and assistance (Herrmann, 1997).

Author*: Lisa Zeltzer, MSc OT; Lorie Kloda, PhD
Editors: Nicol Korner-Bitensky, PhD OT; Elissa Sitcoff, BA BSc

Evidence reviewed as of before 19-08-2008

NOTE: *The authors have no direct financial interest in any tools,
tests or interventions presented in StrokEngine-assessment.