Screening Tools

A list of clinical assessment and screening tools in multiple languages useful for clinicians working with clients who are non-English speakers or have limited English speaking ability. The screening tools can be used as a source of collateral information when formulating a diagnosis. The best judgment relies on multiple types and sources of knowledge. When using translated screening tools, it’s important to start by having the interpreter read back to the health practitioner in English, the translated version to ensure accuracy. Screening tools can be useful for clients to chart their own progress when repeated over time. Watch for over compliance (too many yes responses) or non compliance (too many no responses) when administering screening questionnaires.

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to source and ensure that the information provided on this section is correct at the date of posting on the website. Waitemata DHB and the site editors do not accept any responsibility for information which is incorrect or out of date. If you find any information that you believe may be inaccurate, please email to eCALD Admin

  • The following list is in alphabetical order.
  • You can search screening tools by keyword (eg medical translation, PHQ, older people, cognitive, cultural assessment etc).

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Beck Youth Inventory-2 (BYI-2) in Multiple Languages

Copyright © 2016 NCS Pearson, Inc.

The BYI is a self-report measure to assess symptoms of depression, anxiety, anger, disruptive behaviour, and self-concept, multiple translated versions over 35 languages available, however validation of the translation versions need to be checked.

Children's Depression Inventory (CDI) in Multiple Languages

Copyright © 2017 Pearson Education, Inc

The CDI tool is for assessing the presence and severity of depressive symptoms in children and adolescents (age 7–17), while the CDI has established good reliability and validity for describing depressive symptoms in Western populations it has not been validated for Asian, Middle Eastern or African populations and therefore should...

DSM V Guidelines for Cultural Assessment and Cultural Formulation

Copyright ©2017 McGill University

Two extended versions of the Cultural Formulation based on the DSM-IV outline have been developed.

DSM-5 Cultural Formulation Interview (CFI) in Multiple Languages

Copyright © 2013 American Psychiatric Association

This tool is for health professionals to gather and organise culturally-relevant clinical information from mental health clients, translated versions available but not validated.

Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale in Multiple Languages

Published by: Perinatal Services BC, Canada

This tool which is for identifying patients at risk for perinatal depression is available in multiple languages. 

Folstein Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE) in Multiple Languages

Copyright PAR, Inc. 2012

The Mini Mental State Examination (MMSE) is the most commonly used test for complaints of memory problem, it can be used by clinicians to help diagnose dementia and to help assess its progression and severity, authorised translations of the MMSE are available on application.

Kessler (K10) in Multiple Languages

Published by: Transcultural Mental Health Centre- NSW, Australia

The Kessler (K10) measure is intended to yield a global measure of ‘psychological distress’, based on questions about the level of anxiety and depressive symptoms in the patient’s most recent 4-week period, available in 29 languages.

M-CHAT in Multiple Languages

Copyright © M-CHAT™

The M-CHAT tool can be used as part of a well-child check-up, and can also be used by specialists or other professionals to assess risk for Autism (ASD), multiple translations are available, validation of these translations is still underway.

M.I.N.I. International Neuropsychiatric Interview Tool in Multiple Languages

Copyright © 2014 Medical Outcome Systems, Inc.

The MINI is for screening older people to assess major Axis 1 Psychiatric Disorders in DSM-V and ICD-10, available in over 70 languages, which are validated linguistically.

Mental Health Assessment Tools in Multiple Languages

Copyright PAR, Inc. 2012

The PAR website provides a wide range of mental health assessment tools that have been translated, written permission is required prior to using a translation.

Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MOCA) in Multiple Languages

Copyright © Z. Nasreddine MD

The MOCA is used for detection of Mild Cognitive Impairment in multiple conditions including MCI/Alzheimer's Disease, Vascular Cognitive Impairment, Parkinson and Fronto-temporal dementia. This test and administration instructions are freely accessible at www.mocatest.org by registration and is available in 35 languages or dialects.

Patient Health Questionnaire PHQ-9 in Multiple Languages

Published by: Multicultural Mental Health Resource Centre (MMHRC) - Canada

This tool is used by primary care clinicians for screening children and adolescents at risk for depression, multiple validated translated versions are available.

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