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Brief Symptom Inventory

(BSI)

The efficient Brief Symptom Inventory® instrument provides patient-reported data to support clinical decision-making at intake and during the course of treatment in multiple settings. Use BSI® to help assess patients and objectively support care management decisions.

Age range:
Individuals 13 years and older
Reading Level:
6th grade
Publication date:
1993
Qualification level:
B
Completion time:
8–10 minutes (53 items; 5-point rating scale)
Administration:
Paper-and-pencil, CD, or computer administration
Scoring options:

Q-global™ web-based, Q Local™ Software, Mail-in and manual

Report Options:
Interpretive, Profile, and Progress Reports
Norms:
Adult nonpatients, Adult psychiatric outpatients, Adult psychiatric inpatients, Adolescent nonpatients
Other languages:

English, Spanish, French for Canada

Telepractice:

Tips on using this test in your telepractice

Pricing & Ordering

  • BSI Manual - Print

    05616

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $49.00

    Qualification Level B

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  • BSI Manual - Digital

    0150300786

    Once ordered, the digital manual is accessible by logging into Q-global and visiting the Q-global Resource Library. It is a view-only digital file.

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $34.60

    Qualification Level B

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  • BSI Manual - Print and Digital

    46265

    Includes print version and Q-global digital version

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $49.00

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  • BSI Q-global Interpretive Report

    63260

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $14.55

    Qualification Level B

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    1-4 $14.55
    5-49 $13.20
    50-99 $12.30
    100-249 $11.90
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  • BSI Q-global Profile Report

    63261

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $6.15

    Qualification Level B

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    1-4 $6.15
    5-49 $5.60
    50-99 $5.25
    100-249 $5.20
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  • BSI Q-global Interpretive Report Starter Kit

    63263

    Includes BSI Manual, 3 answer sheets with test items, and 3 Q-global administrations

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    Price: $72.30

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  • Q Local/BSI Answer Sheets - English

    51421

    Test items included. Pkg of 25

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $30.50

    Qualification Level B

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    1-4 $30.50
    5-24 $29.25
    25-74 $28.75
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  • Q Local/BSI Answer Sheets - Spanish

    51422

    Test items included. Pkg of 25

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    Price: $30.50

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    1-4 $30.50
    5-24 $29.25
    25-74 $28.75
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  • Q Local/BSI Starter Kit Profile Reports

    00741

    Includes BSI manual, 3 answer sheets with test items, and 3 Q Local administrations. (Does not include Q Local software.)

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $55.45

    Qualification Level B

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  • Q Local/BSI Starter Kit with Interpretive Reports

    00740

    Includes BSI manual, 3 answer sheets with test items, and 3 Q Local administrations. (Does not include Q Local software.)

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    Price: $74.10

    Qualification Level B

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  • BSI Manual - Print

    05616

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $49.00

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  • BSI Compact Disc

    05678

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $65.50

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  • BSI Spanish Audio CD

    05679

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    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $65.50

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  • Q Local/BSI Profile Reports

    51451

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $6.15

    Qualification Level B

    Tiered pricing discounts
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    1-4 $6.15
    5-49 $5.60
    50-99 $5.25
    100-249 $5.20
    250+ $4.95

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    Q Local software, report, administrations can only be ordered via the Q Local software or by phone at 866-627-7271. Find out more about ordering via the software by clicking here.

  • Q Local/BSI Interpretive Reports

    51457

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $14.55

    Qualification Level B

    Tiered pricing discounts
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    1-4 $14.55
    5-49 $13.20
    50-99 $12.30
    100-249 $11.90
    250+ $11.45

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    Q Local software, report, administrations can only be ordered via the Q Local software or by phone at 866-627-7271. Find out more about ordering via the software by clicking here.

  • BSI Compact Disc

    05678

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $65.50

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  • BSI Spanish Audio CD

    05679

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    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $65.50

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  • BSI Profile Forms - Nonpatient Adult

    05623

    Includes 50 profile forms and 2 worksheets.

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    Price: $34.25

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  • BSI Profile Forms - Nonpatient Adolescent

    05624

    Includes 50 profile forms and 2 worksheets.

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    Price: $34.25

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  • BSI Profile Forms - Outpatient Psychiatric

    05625

    Includes 50 profile forms and 2 worksheets.

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    Price: $34.25

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  • BSI Profile Forms - Inpatient Psychiatric

    05626

    Includes 50 profile forms and 2 worksheets.

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    Price: $34.25

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  • BSI Answer Sheets

    05627

    Pkg of 50. Test items included.

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    Price: $74.25

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  • BSI Spanish Handscoring Answer Sheet

    05656

    Pkg of 50

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    Price: $74.25

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  • BSI Hand-Scoring Starter Kit - Nonpatient Adolescent

    00651

    Includes BSI manual, 50 answer sheets with test items, 50 profile forms and 2 worksheets.

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $136.75

    Qualification Level B

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  • BSI Hand-Scoring Starter Kit - Outpatient Psychiatric

    00652

    Includes BSI manual, 50 answer sheets with test items, 50 profile forms and 2 worksheets.

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    Price: $136.75

    Qualification Level B

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  • BSI Hand-Scoring Starter Kit - Inpatient Psychiatric

    00653

    Includes BSI manual, 50 answer sheets with test items, 50 profile forms and 2 worksheets.

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    Price: $136.75

    Qualification Level B

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  • BSI Hand-Scoring Starter Kit - Nonpatient Adult

    00677

    Includes BSI manual, 50 answer sheets with test items, 50 profile forms and 2 worksheets.

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    Price: $136.75

    Qualification Level B

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  • BSI Manual - Print

    05616

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $49.00

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  • BSI Mail-In Profile Reports - English

    05658

    Price includes scoring and answer sheet with test items.

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $10.00

    Qualification Level B

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    1-4 $10.00
    5-49 $9.50
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  • BSI Mail-In Interpretive Reports - English

    05659

    Price includes scoring and answer sheet with test items.

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    Price: $18.25

    Qualification Level B

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    1-4 $18.25
    5-49 $17.25
    50-99 $16.50
    100+ $16.00

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  • BSI Spanish Mail-In Scoring Profile Reports

    05661

    Sold Separately

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $10.00

    Qualification Level B

    Tiered pricing discounts
    Quantity Price each
    1-4 $10.00
    5-49 $9.50
    50-99 $9.25
    100+ $9.00

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  • BSI Spanish Mail-In Scoring Interpretive Reports

    05662

    Sold Separately

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $18.25

    Qualification Level B

    Tiered pricing discounts
    Quantity Price each
    1-4 $18.25
    5-49 $17.25
    50-99 $16.50
    100+ $16.00

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  • BSI Manual - Print

    05616

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $49.00

    Qualification Level B

    Ordering

    In stock

  • BSI Compact Disc

    05678

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $65.50

    Qualification Level B

    Ordering

    In stock

  • BSI Spanish Audio CD

    05679

    Sold Separately

    Pricing and Qualification

    Price: $65.50

    Qualification Level B

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Product Details

Psychologists, psychiatrists, physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals can use the BSI instrument to measure patient progress during and after treatment to monitor change. BASI also provides outcomes measurement for treatment programs and providers through aggregated patient information.

Benefits

  • Assess patients at intake for psychological problems.
  • Objectively support care management decisions.
  • Measure patient progress during and after treatment to monitor change.
  • Provide outcomes measurement for treatment programs and providers through aggregated patient information.

Features

The BSI instrument provides an overview of a patient's symptoms and their intensity at a specific point in time.

  • Takes 8-10 minutes to complete, making it well-suited for repeated administrations over time to evaluate patient progress.
  • The Global Severity Index helps quantify a patient's severity-of-illness and provides a single composite score for measuring the outcome of a treatment program.
  • The reliability, validity, and utility of the BSI instrument have been tested in more than 400 research studies.
  • Nine Symptom Scales are scored: Somatization (SOM), Obsessive Compulsive (O-C), Interpersonal Sensitivity (I-S), Depression (DEP), Anxiet (ANX), Hostility (HOS), Phobi Anxiety (PHOB), Paranoid Ideation (PAR), and Psychoticism (PSY).
  • Includes three Global Indices: Global Severity Index (GSI), Positive Symptoms Distress Index (PSDI) and Positive Symptom Total (PST).

Sample Reports

Profile Report: presents raw and normalized T scores for each of the nine Primary Symptom Dimensions and the three Global Indices.

Interpret Report: provides a narrative overview of the client's symptoms at the global level and specific statements describing the individual symptom scale scores. 

Progress Report: monitors a client’s progress over time.

 
 

Resources

FAQs

Frequently asked questions follow. Click on a question to see the response.

Do any of the BSI reports contain all of the normative groups?

The BSI Interpretive and Profile Reports provide information on all three adult normative groups: nonpatient, psychiatric outpatient, and psychiatric inpatient. The BSI Profile Report graphically displays the data using the norm group of your choice. The BSI Interpretive Report graphically displays the data using the nonpatient norms. The other T scores are listed below this profile graph.

How can I find out the statistical relationships between the BSI test and SCL-90-R assessments?

See Table 13 in the BSI manual.

Is the BSI available in other languages?

The BSI assessment is available in Spanish and French for Canada. Forms for the Spanish version are available for use with the MICROTEST Q system and hand-scoring. Forms for the French for Canada version are available for use with hand-scoring only.

What is the difference between the SCL-90-R assessment and the original SCL-90 assessment?

The SCL-90 assessment is an unnormed precursor to the SCL-90-R assessment. The original SCL-90 anxiety scale did not work and its obsessive-compulsive scale was very weak. After the assessment was revised, norms were developed for the revised assessment (SCL-90-R), and the BSI assessment was developed from that. Most research has been conducted using the SCL-90-R and BSI instruments.

 

Webinars

The following training events are available for BSI.

 
 

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