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. Guidance on using this test in your telepractice.

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  • Kits

    Starter & complete kits, print & digital

    7 options

    from $56.90
  • Test forms & reports

    Booklets, record forms, answer sheets, report usages & subscriptions

    16 options

    from $6.40
  • Support materials

    Manuals, stimulus books, replacement items & other materials

    5 options

    from $50.30
  • All products

    All tests & materials offered for BSI

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  • Q Local/BSI Starter Kit Profile Reports
    00741 Qualification Level B

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

    In stock $56.90

  • BSI Q-global Interpretive Report Starter Kit
    63263 Qualification Level B

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

    In stock $74.20

  • Q Local/BSI Starter Kit with Interpretive Reports
    00740 Qualification Level B

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

    In stock $76.00

  • BSI Hand-Scoring Starter Kit - Nonpatient Adult
    00677 Qualification Level B

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

    In stock $140.20

  • BSI Hand-Scoring Starter Kit - Nonpatient Adolescent
    00651 Qualification Level B

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

    In stock $140.20

  • BSI Hand-Scoring Starter Kit - Inpatient Psychiatric
    00653 Qualification Level B

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

    In stock $140.20

  • BSI Hand-Scoring Starter Kit - Outpatient Psychiatric
    00652 Qualification Level B

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

    In stock $140.20

  • BSI Q-global Profile Report
    63261 Qualification Level B

    In stock $6.40

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  • BSI Q-global Interpretive Report
    63260 Qualification Level B

    In stock $15.00

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    5-49 $13.80
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  • Q Local/BSI Profile Reports
    51451 Qualification Level B

    $6.40

    1-4 $6.40
    5-49 $5.90
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    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 Qualification Level B

    $15.00

    1-4 $15.00
    5-49 $13.80
    50-99 $13.50
    100-249 $13.10
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    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 Mail-In Profile Reports - English
    05658 Qualification Level B

    Price includes scoring and answer sheet with test items.

    In stock $10.30

    1-4 $10.30
    5-49 $9.50
    50-99 $9.30
    100-249 $9.00
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  • BSI Spanish Mail-In Scoring Profile Reports
    05661 Qualification Level B

    Sold Separately

    In stock $10.30

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    5-49 $9.50
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  • BSI Mail-In Interpretive Reports - English
    05659 Qualification Level B

    Price includes scoring and answer sheet with test items.

    In stock $18.80

    1-4 $18.80
    5-49 $17.40
    50-99 $16.90
    100-249 $16.40
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  • BSI Spanish Mail-In Scoring Interpretive Reports
    05662 Qualification Level B

    Sold Separately

    In stock $18.80

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    5-49 $17.40
    50-99 $16.90
    100-249 $16.40
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  • BSI Answer Sheets
    05627 Qualification Level B

    Pkg of 50. Test items included.

    In stock $76.20

  • BSI Spanish Handscoring Answer Sheet
    05656 Qualification Level B

    Pkg of 50

    In stock $76.20

  • Q Local/BSI Answer Sheets - English
    51421 Qualification Level B

    Test items included. Pkg of 25

    In stock $31.30

    1-4 $31.30
    5-24 $29.80
    25-49 $29.00
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  • Q Local/BSI Answer Sheets - Spanish
    51422 Qualification Level B

    Test items included. Pkg of 25

    In stock $31.30

    1-4 $31.30
    5-24 $29.80
    25-49 $29.00
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  • BSI Profile Forms - Nonpatient Adolescent
    05624 Qualification Level B

    Includes 50 profile forms and 2 worksheets.

    In stock $35.20

  • BSI Profile Forms - Nonpatient Adult
    05623 Qualification Level B

    Includes 50 profile forms and 2 worksheets.

    In stock $35.20

  • BSI Profile Forms - Outpatient Psychiatric
    05625 Qualification Level B

    Includes 50 profile forms and 2 worksheets.

    In stock $35.20

  • BSI Profile Forms - Inpatient Psychiatric
    05626 Qualification Level B

    Includes 50 profile forms and 2 worksheets.

    In stock $35.20

  • BSI Manual - Print
    05616 Qualification Level B

    In stock $50.30

  • BSI Manual - Digital
    0150300786 Qualification Level B

    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.

    In stock $50.30

  • BSI Manual - Print and Digital
    46265 Qualification Level B

    Includes print version and Q-global digital version

    In stock $50.30

  • BSI Compact Disc
    05678 Qualification Level B

    In stock $67.20

  • BSI Spanish Audio CD
    05679 Qualification Level B

    Sold Separately

    In stock $67.20

Overview

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:

Guidance on using this test in your telepractice

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.

Telepractice

Find out how to use this test in your telepractice.

Learn more

 

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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