Dr Ayis leads on new study published in Journal of Affective Disorders

UMS member Dr Salma Ayis along with colleagues has published a new study titled:

‘Evaluation of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) in screening stroke patients for symptoms: Item Response Theory (IRT) analysis’

The study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders ‘examined the properties of each item of HADS [Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale] as perceived by stroke patients, and assessed the information these items convey about anxiety and depression between 3 months to 5 years after stroke’.

The authors concluded that ‘a more concise selection of items based on their properties, would provide a precise approach for screening patients and for an optimal allocation of patients into clinical trials’.