What is the role of the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS) in the workup of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD)?

Updated: May 17, 2018
  • Author: William M Greenberg, MD; Chief Editor: David Bienenfeld, MD  more...
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Once the diagnosis is suspected, the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale (Y-BOCS) [2] is an important tool in defining the range and severity of symptoms and monitoring the response to treatment. The Y-BOCS consists of 10 items, including 5 for obsessions and 5 for compulsions, each of which is scored 0-4 (total score = 0-40). For obsessions and compulsions, these items rate time spent, interference with functioning, distress, resistance, and control.

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