Version 1.5 of Mental Health Scales is now available in the iTunes App Store for $4.99 USD. This app, developed by Dr. Carol Peyser, M.D. and Lethbridge developer Mobile Apps & More Software Design, Inc., provides the health care professional with a comprehensive set of mental health rating scales on the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. The new “universal” version includes an iPad-native interface, adds swipe gestures for navigation, and an additional rating scale, the PTSD Screen.
The app now automatically determines the type of device on which it is running and presents the appropriate user interface. The simple interface and security features give the clinician the option to hand a client the iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to perform a self-reporting scale while being observed.
The newly added PTSD Screen is a seven item scale employing DSM IV criteria for PTSD with demonstrated utility for screening for PTSD in a clinical and general population sample.
The existing suite of scales provided are: PHQ-9 (self-rated depression scale), GDS (geriatric depression scale – short form), GAD-7 (generalized anxiety disorder screening which can also be used to rate symptoms of anxiety in other disorders), ADHD-SRS (adult ADHD self-reporting scale), AIMS (Abnormal Involuntary Movements Scale – quick screening for tardive dyskinesia that can document absence of, progression or regression of abnormalities), and BMI (Body Mass Index Waist Circumference) for monitoring the effect of medications. These scales are well-validated and can be easily and efficiently used by physicians, nurses, therapists and others in the helping professions.
According to Don Hall, President of Apps & More, the much larger iPad screen makes it easier for individuals with co-ordination or vision problems to complete the self-reporting scales.
Mental Health Scales is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad devices running iOS 4.2 or later.