The DCTS webtool is an online Dimensions and Clustering Tool for assessing schizophrenia Symptomatology based on the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale (PANSS).
Schizophrenia is a severe, chronic mental disorder, which ranks among the most debilitating psychiatric disorders and affects about 1% population worldwide. Symptoms of schizophrenia can be very disabling, but individual’s symptom expressions are difficult to explain due to the marked interindividual variability, hampering the development of effective treatments. Our dimensions and clustering tool provides an assessment of symptomatology to resolve its complexities for describing individual schizophrenia patients by grouping co-expressed symptoms into specific dimensions and categorizing patients into symptomatically distinct subgroups, towards a hybrid categorical-dimensional conceptualization (our publication).
This tool is provided by Forschungszentrum Jülich exclusively for convenience. It is intended to be used for research purposes only. It is neither a substitute for clinical experience or expertise nor can this electronic tool assess the clinical picture or patient-specific factors. Absolutely NO information and results from this tool are intended to be used for the diagnosis of diseases or any other conditions, or in the cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of diseases.