Source: Kessler R. Professor of Health Care Policy, Harvard Medical School, Boston, USA.
K10 is widely recommended as a simple measure of psychological distress and as a measure of outcomes following treatment for common mental health disorders. The K10 is in the public domain and is promoted on the Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety and Depression website (www.crufad.org) as a self-report measure to identify need for treatment. The results of this test are not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.
References: Andrews, G Slade, T. Interpreting scores on the Kessler Psychological Distress Scale (K10). Australia and New Zealand Journal of Public Health: 2001; 25:6: 494-497. Clinical Research Unit for Anxiety Disorders (CRUFAD) www.crufad.org.