OBJECTIVE: To validate the use of Urdu Version of Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale as
screening as well as quantifying tool for depression among non-psychiatric hospital population.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted at National Institute of Cardiovascular
Disease (NICVD) Karachi and Civil Hospital Karachi (CHK) from 23rd October to 22nd
November 1998. We searched the record of a previous study on the patients on myocardial infarction.
A comparison of scores of Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale and Hamilton Depression
Rating Scale, done on the patients with first myocardial infarction at an interval of about
two weeks during hospitalization and after their discharge, was made.
RESULTS: Correlation co-efficient between Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale scores and Hamilton
Depression Rating Scale scores was found to be statistically significant (r =55; p
Urdu Version, Hospital Anxiety Depression Scale, Hamilton Depression Rating
Scale, Screening, Depression, Post-Myocardial Infarction.