Use of Psychiatric Rating Scales

Dr. Umugbe uses an innovative approach to diagnosis, collecting clinical data from patients through the use of psychiatric rating scales.

What is a rating scale?


Typically, a rating scale is a systematized list of question with multiple-choice answers, where every selected choice represents a numeric value. Upon the completion of the scale, a final score is calculated and the doctor is presented with an accurate snapshot of the patient’s condition at the moment when the scale was completed. For instance, on the Hamilton Depression Scale, a score of 0 to 7 is considered normal, while a score of 20 or above indicates moderate to severe depression.

What are the benefits?

Rating scales and tests allow medical providers to narrow down the list of potential diagnoses and select an accurate diagnosis for each clinical case.

Rating scales typically evaluate complex items or issues (for instance, an array of behaviors or thought patterns) in the context of a particular psychiatric symptom or condition. The order and layout of questions in a rating scale simplify and structure the information obtained from the patient. Rating scales allow the patient to describe the condition or symptom in a much more thorough fashion than just talking about it would.


Numerous rating scales have been developed in psychiatry for different conditions and age groups. During the evaluation or the course of treatment, Dr. Umugbe may make use of a number of rating scales. Please remember that a rating scale may be completed, not only to confirm a potential diagnosis, but also to rule out the diagnosis.

Dr. Umugbe will discuss the clinical necessity for the completion of a rating scale or psychiatric test if he believes it will be beneficial to your treatment.

Please note that on a day when you are getting tested, your appointment time will be increased by 20 minutes.