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Mini International Neuropsychiatric Interview (M.I.N.I.)
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Supplemental for Epilepsy and Headache
Short Description of Instrument
Purpose: A structured psychometric interview for DSM-IV and ICD-10 psychiatric disorders.
Overview: The M.I.N.I. is a short structured diagnostic interview used by psychiatrists and clinicians that was developed in 1990. It assesses the disorders of the DSM-IV and ICD-10. It covers 17 Axis I disorders (i.e., mood, anxiety, substance use, psychotic, and eating disorders), a suicidality module and one Axis-II disorder (i.e., Antisocial Personality Disorder), with most disorders having a timeframe of 2-4 weeks except for two disorders. A follow-up module is included for each individual disorder for which the respondent has a positive initial screen. It was designed for multi-center clinical trials and epidemiology studies and to be used as a screening instrument in non- research clinical settings.
Scoring: The M.I.N.I. has an administration time of approximately 15 minutes.
Comments/Special Instructions: A structured psychometric interview for DSM-IV and ICD-10 psychiatric disorders administered by a trained clinician. This can be completed in approximately 15 minutes.
The M.I.N.I. has been validated against the Structure Clinical Interview (SCID-P) for DSM diagnoses. Validation and reliability studies have been done comparing the M.I.N.I. to the SCID-P for DSM-III-R and the CIDI (a structured interview developed by the World Health Organization for lay interviewers for ICD-10). The results of these studies show that the M.I.N.I. has acceptably high validation and reliability scores, but can be administered in a much shorter period of time (mean 18.7 ± 11.6 minutes, median 15 minutes) than the above referenced instruments.
A pediatric version is also available. Translations available in 43 languages.
Headache: Axis I disorders are common among headache patients, and structured interviews provide the most precise assessment of these diagnoses.
Sheehan DV, Lecrubier Y, Sheehan KH, et al. The Mini-International Neuropsychiatric Interview (M.I.N.I.): the development and validation of a structured diagnostic psychiatric interview for DSM-IV and ICD-10. J Clin Psychiatry. 1998; 59(Suppl 20): 22-33.


Document last updated March 2018