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Brief Symptom Inventory 18 (BSI 18)

Key information

Quickly measure and monitor psychological distress


Leonard R Derogatis

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Age Range:

18 years and older


Individual - 4 minutes

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The Brief Symptom Inventory 18 (BSI 18) is designed with reliability in mind. The BSI 18 assessment gathers patient-reported data to help measure psychological distress and psychiatric disorders in medical and community populations. As the latest in an integrated series of test instruments that include the SCL-90-R®, BSI® (53 questions), and DPRS® instruments, the BSI 18 test offers a more effective, easy-to-administer tool to help support clinical decision-making and monitor progress throughout treatment.

How To Use This Test

Psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, nurses and other health care professionals can use the BSI 18 assessment to help:

  • Assess patients at intake for psychological problems
  • Measure patient progress during and after treatment to monitor change
  • Support managed care decisions
  • Provide outcomes measurement for treatment programs

Key Features

  • The BSI 18 test can be completed in approximately 4 minutes. Designed to be brief and easy to administer, the BSI 18 assessment is well-suited for helping measure symptom change throughout treatment.
  • The test helps measure three primary symptom dimensions and is designed to provide an overview of a patients symptoms and their intensity at a specific point in time.
  • Dimension and global scores form the BSI 18 test correlate highly (i.e., > .90) with analogous score from the SCL-90-R test based on a large community population.


Symptom Scales
SOM - Somatization
DEP - Depression
ANX - Anxiety

Global Indices
GSI - Global Severity Index, Helps measure overall psychological distress level

Psychometric Information

Adult community norms
The adult community norms are based on 1,122 individuals—605 males and 517 females.

Oncology Norms
The oncology norms are based on 1,543 individuals—802 males and 741 females.

Profile Report

Presents raw and normalised T scores for each of the nine Primary Symptom Dimensions and the three Global Indices. For adults, the plotted T scores are profiled based on your choice of the nonpatient, outpatient or inpatient norms. (The T scores for the remaining norm groups are printed below the profile.) For adolescents, the plotted T scores are based on the adolescent nonpatient norms.

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Price list

Handscore starter kit with oncology norms:

Includes manual, 50 answer sheets with test items and 50 profile forms.
ISBN: 9780749154547
£134.13 inc VAT

Handscore starter kit with community norms:

Includes manual, 50 answer sheets with test items and 50 profile forms
ISBN: 9780749154509
£134.13 inc VAT
Currently out of stock, available to pre-order
Profile forms with community norms, pack of 50
ISBN: 9780749154530
£39.60 inc VAT
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ISBN: 9780749154486
£45.00 inc VAT
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Handscore answer sheets, pack of 50
ISBN: 9780749154523
£84.60 inc VAT
Profile forms, pack of 50 with oncology norms
ISBN: 9780749154516
£32.13 inc VAT
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Q-global BSI 18 Profile Report
ISBN: 9780749166076
£3.84 inc VAT
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