Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale
(BPRS; Overall and Gorham, 1962) was used to assess the relapse exacerbated symptom level of the patient illness.
Appendix 1: Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale
BPRS Expanded Version 4.
Evaluation of the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale
in relation to aggressive behavior by acute involuntarily admitted patients.
Use of the brief psychiatric rating scale
as a predictor of psychiatric admission for non-suicidal patients International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 28, 215-220.
All participants met the following inclusion criteria: a) met the diagnostic criteria for schizophrenia according to the Chinese Classification of Mental Disorders (CCMD-3);  b) 18 to 60 years of age; c) had a score of 35 or lower on the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale
(BPRS)  (indicating that they were clinically remitted) at the time of the assessment; d) were able to take care of themselves at the time of assessment; e) could comprehend and complete the study questionnaire; and f) signed the informed consent form for the study.
In addition, Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS), (12) Children's Depression Inventory (CDI), (13) Hamilton Anxiety Scale (HAM-A), (14) and Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale
for Children (BPRS-C) (15) were used to assess the associated psychopathology.
Assessments included the following: 16-item self-reported Flanagan Quality of Life (QOL) scale, the Beck Depression Inventory second version (BDI-II), Young Mania Rating Scale (YMRS), the Hamilton Anxiety Rating Scale (HAM-A), and the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale
(BPRS) (Table 1).
Finally, all participants' psychiatric functioning was assessed using the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale
To determine if a patient is responding to new medication, make use of an objective scale, such as the brief psychiatric rating scale
(which can be given by nursing or psychology personnel), at each clinic visit.
The treated patients had significant improvement on the Clinical Global Impression of Change, the Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale
, and the Neuropsychiatric Inventory, while the placebo group showed no change on these tests.
In a subsequent publication, our research team shall report on the predictive validity of the severity of psychopathology -- as measured by scores on the Expanded Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale
(Ventura et al.
The Brief Psychiatric Rating Scale
(BPRS) is an 18-item scale which is divided into psychotic and depressive subscales.