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Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM-5 (SCID PTSD Module)


Structured Clinical Interview for the DSM-5 (SCID PTSD Module)

First et al. 2018


The Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-5 (SCID-5) is a semi-structured interview for making the major DSM-5 diagnoses. The instrument is designed to be administered by a clinician or trained mental health professional. Ideally, this will be someone who has had experience performing unstructured diagnostic evaluations. However, for the purposes of some research studies, non-clinician research assistants who have extensive experience with the study population in question have been trained to use the SCID. The less clinical experience the potential interviewer has had, the more training is required.

The SCID is broken down into separate modules corresponding to categories of diagnoses. Most sections begin with an entry question that would allow the interviewer to "skip" the associated questions if not met. For all diagnoses symptoms are coded as present, subthreshold, or absent. A diagnosis of PTSD is made following the PTSD diagnostic algorithm. There are currently no reliability or validity data for the SCID-5.


There are several versions of the SCID available depending on purpose.

  • The SCID-5-RV is the most comprehensive version, including the most disorders, subtypes, and severity and course specifiers.
  • The SCID-5-CT is a version for clinical trials, which includes typical inclusion and exclusion criteria.
  • The SCID-5-CV is a clinician version which is briefer and covers the diagnoses most often seen in clinical settings.
  • The SCID-5-PD and SCID-5-AMPD assess personality disorders using either the 10 DSM-5 personality disorders or the DSM-5 Alternative Model for Personality Disorders.


Each version of the SCID-5 has a citation and copyright information. Please visit the Columbia University Department of Psychiatry SCID Citation pageLink will take you outside the VA website. VA is not responsible for the content of the linked site. for details.

To Obtain Scale

The SCID-5 instruments are available exclusively through the American Psychiatric Association Publishing (APAP). Visit APAP's SCID-5 pageLink will take you outside the VA website. VA is not responsible for the content of the linked site. to learn more about ordering instrumentsLink will take you outside the VA website. VA is not responsible for the content of the linked site., including the SCID-5-RV, SCID-5-CV, SCID-5-CT, SCID-5-PD and the SCID-5-AMPD.

Please note: Information on the SCID-5 was obtained primarily from the SCID website.

Measure availability: We provide information on a variety of measures assessing trauma and PTSD. These measures are intended for use by qualified mental health professionals and researchers. Measures authored by National Center staff are available as direct downloads or by request. Measures developed outside of the National Center can be requested via contact information available on the information page for the specific measure.

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