Psychoactive Medication Quality Assurance Rating Survey (PQRS)

James R. Brasic, J. Gerald Young, Jasmin Furman, Rafael M. Conte, William E. Baisley, Robert I. Jaslow

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To facilitate surveys of psychoactive medication treatment, we developed the Psychoactive Medication Quality Assurance Rating Survey (PQRS), a chart review instrument for trained raters. It evaluates the clinical information, decision processes, and provisions for monitoring treatment outcome associated with the use of psychoactiv e medications. Two raters, a child and adolescent psychiatrist and a developmental pediatrician, independently completed the PQRS on a simple random sample of 78 individuals residing at a developmental center in upstate New York, and established preliminary evidence indicating good interrater reliability. Although further psychometric evaluation to establish test-retest reliability and validity on larger, varied populations is necessary, the PQRS is a valuable tool for surveys to evaluate the quality of treatment with psychoactiv e medications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)311-336
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Chart review
  • Illness
  • Medications
  • Mental
  • Psychoactive
  • Quality assurance
  • Surveys

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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