Its psychometric characteristics, together with the brevity required for its training and management, make the DDSI an adequate instrument for detecting psychiatric comorbidity in substance users in clinical practice.
Characteristics of the instrument:
- Time of administration about 15-20 minutes depending on the interviewee.
- The DDSI has shown a sensitivity and specificity around 80% for most of the evaluated diagnosis.
- It can be administered by lay interviewers after a brief training course of 90 minutes.
- Questions are available in English, German, Spanish and Italian.
The DDSI is an app addressed to health professionals.
The content of the app is intended to contribute to improve detection of possible psychiatric disorders in substance users. Under any circumstances this orientation replaces doctors' advices given to patients directly. Therefore, users have to make a prudent use and always are responsible of its use and should contrast results with referring doctor.
Responsibility for use of the app and direct or indirect consequences resulting of its use correspond exclusively to the user and in no case to its authors, promoters and disseminators.
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