The Brief Edinburgh Depression Scale (BEDS)￼
Author of Tool:
Lloyd-Williams, M., Shiels, C., Dowrick, C.
Lloyd-Williams, M., Shiels, C., Dowrick, C. (2007). The development of the Brief Edinburgh Depression Scale (BEDS) to screen for depression in patients with advanced cancer. Journal of Affective Disorders, 99(1-3), 259-264.
Primary use / Purpose:
The Brief Edinburgh Depression Scale (BEDS) is a 6-item inventory rated on a 4 point Likert-type scale. Its purpose is to briefly and accurately measure depression in those in the advanced stages of cancer.
Depression and reduced quality of life have long been recognized as serious problems in the later stages of cancer. These mood states are commonly infered from physical symptoms such as weight loss, loss of appetite, or/and sleep disturbance. However, subjective measures are often ignored. The Brief Edinburgh Depression Scale (BEDS) aims to address this limitation by instead ignoring somatic symptoms, focusing only on subjective feelings of worth and sadness et alia. In its brief form the BEDS also has the advantage of being quick and easy to use which is an important consideration when dealing with terminally ill patients.
The psychometric properties of the Brief Edinburgh Depression Scale (BEDS) are discussed in Lloyd-Williams, Shiels, & Dowrick (2007).