The utility of the Mood Disorders Questionnaire as a screening tool in a methadone maintenance treatment program

Villagonzalo, Kristi-Ann, Dodd, Seetal, Ng, Felicity, Mihaly, Stephen, Langbein, Amy and Berk, Michael 2010, The utility of the Mood Disorders Questionnaire as a screening tool in a methadone maintenance treatment program, International journal of psychiatry in clinical practice, vol. 14, no. 2, pp. 150-153, doi: 10.3109/13651501003686828.

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Title The utility of the Mood Disorders Questionnaire as a screening tool in a methadone maintenance treatment program
Author(s) Villagonzalo, Kristi-Ann
Dodd, SeetalORCID iD for Dodd, Seetal
Ng, Felicity
Mihaly, Stephen
Langbein, Amy
Berk, MichaelORCID iD for Berk, Michael
Journal name International journal of psychiatry in clinical practice
Volume number 14
Issue number 2
Start page 150
End page 153
Total pages 4
Publisher Informa Healthcare
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-06
ISSN 1365-1501
Keyword(s) Mood Disorder Questionnaire
screening tool
substance abuse
methadone maintenance
bipolar disorder
Summary Objective. Comorbid mental illness amongst methadone maintenance therapy clients may be common and screening may be warranted. The Mood Disorders Questionnaire (MDQ) is a screening tool for bipolar disorder that has been validated in other treatment settings. Its utility for patients with substance use disorders is assessed in this study.

Methods. Clients of a methadone maintenance program were invited to complete the MDQ when they attended a public Drug and Alcohol Service for their regular scheduled appointments. Information about their history of substance use was also collected.

Results. Eighty clients (43 females, 37 males) aged 35 8.0 years (mean SD) participated in the study. Seventy-four clients completed the MDQ of which 36 (48.6%) obtained a positive screen. A check of client fi les suggested that only three of the 74 participants had a current working diagnosis of bipolar disorder. These three participants had screened positive on the MDQ.

Conclusions. There was a high prevalence of manic symptoms reported by participants, suggesting that screening for bipolar disorder in this population may be warranted. However, there is a risk of false positives with the MDQ, as it does not clearly differentiate between symptoms of mania and drug intoxication.
Language eng
DOI 10.3109/13651501003686828
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970111 Expanding Knowledge in the Medical and Health Sciences
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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