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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 48 (2006) 8, 647 - 650

Short report

Movement disorders in clinical research

A.J.M. Loonen, J.E. Hovens

Measuring (extrapyramidal) psychotic disorders often is a highly relevant part of clinical research into the course and treatment of movement disorders. Traditionally these disorders have always been assessed on the basis of a well-known set of rating scales. The limitations and shortcomings of these scales are discussed in the article. It is argued that a new standard instrument needs to be developed for the measurement of movement disorders. The sadimod can be regarded as a good starting point for the development of such an instrument.

keywords instrumentation, movement disorders, psychotic disorders