Psychologists sought for DSM-5 field trials

Psychologists are needed to assess feasibility and utility of proposed criteria modifications for the DSM-5

By Practice Research and Policy Staff

January 13, 2011 — A new edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), published by the American Psychiatric Association, will be released in May 2013. The psychiatric organization is conducting field trials to assess the practical use of proposed criteria in clinical settings, and psychologists are being sought for the trials.

Field trials will be conducted in both academic and large medical centers, and in clinical practice settings. The DSM field trials team will conduct a statistical analysis after the completion of the trials to assess correlation between proposed criteria and outcomes, and results will be shared with relevant professional and consumer groups, at scientific meetings and in peer-reviewed journals.

The DSM-5 field trials are intended to assess feasibility and utility of the proposed criteria modifications for multiple disorders and of the diagnostic scheme of DSM-5. They are expected to help determine whether proposed changes to the diagnostic scheme will provide useful information for clinicians and their patients, and whether the updates will measure changes in symptoms over time in order to evaluate treatment progress.

The field trials follow an open comment period when practitioners, researchers and others submitted more than 8,000 comments on the proposed criteria for the fifth edition of the DSM (DSM-5). The American Psychiatric Association DSM-5 Work Groups have reviewed comments and are updating proposed criteria based on suggestions submitted  during the comment  period.

The field trials will consist of a random sampling of 1400 psychiatrists selected from the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Masterfile of Physicians, as well as 3500 additional clinicians. According to protocol released by the psychiatric association, the sampling of clinicians is expected to include 500 psychologists, 1000 additional psychiatrists, 500 licensed clinical social workers, 500 licensed counselors, 500 licensed marriage and family therapists and 500 advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nurses.

Psychologists who are interested in participating in the DSM-5 field trials can visit the DSM-5 Registration page for more information.

For additional information about the DSM-5 revisions and field trials, contact the Practice Research and Policy department at 202-336-5911 or e-mail.