Frequently Asked Questions

What is DIP-Q?

DIP-Q stands for DSM and ICD Personality Questionnaire. The original concept was developed by Hans Ottosson, Owe Bodlund, Lisa Ekselius, Lars von Knorring, Gunnar Kullgren, Eva Lindström and Stig Söderberg and presented in the article The DSM and ICD Personality Questionnaire (DIP-Q): Construction and preliminary validation in the Nordic Journal of Psychiatry in 1995.
Further research was carried out by Owe Bodlund, Martin Grann, Hans Ottosson and Cecilia Svanborg and resulted in the 1998 publication Validation of the self-report questionnaire DIP-Q in diagnosing DSM personality disorders: a comparison of three psychiatric samples.
In 1998 Martin Grann and Stefan Olofsson worked on a computerized version of the questionnaire. It was released in 1999 as a Windows application.
In 2003 DIP-Q was bought by Lundbeck AB and distributed through their website.
Fast forward to 2014 and Microsoft announces it will no longer support Windows XP (the last Windows version that can run DIP-Q "desktop"). A web version is developed by Stefan Olofsson.

How do I use DIP-Q?

The first thing to do is to have a patient fill out a questionnaire. To start a new questionnaire go to the Start Page and click Start Questionnaire. This will create a new questionnaire that can either be filled out on the current computer or sent to a patient.
To inspect results, graphs and reports from filled out questionnaires go to the Start Page and click on Start System Tools. You will see a list of profiles corresponding to questionnaires. If a questionnaire has not been filled out completely it will be marked as unfinished.

Who can use DIP-Q?

DIP-Q use is restricted to qualified personnel, i.e. M.D. residents in psychiatry, registered clinical psychologists or other mental health professionals qualified for psychiatric diagnostic assessment according to DSM / ICD.

What about privacy / GDPR?

We store your email as an identifier for your account on the Google Cloud Platform using strong encryption. If we have a mail conversation with you our mail system may also store your first and last name. Our mails are encrypted and authenticated. We do not share your email address with any other 3rd party.
NOTE: When storing patient data, make sure not to enter information that can be used to identify the patient such as full name, birth date, SSN etc.
If you delete your account, all of your information will be deleted forever without any trace.
Payments to DIP-Q are made through Stripe. We never store payment information, credit card numbers etc.

What web browsers work with DIP-Q?

Always use the newest version of any browser. DIP-Q has been tested successfully on:
  • Chrome (recommended)
  • Firefox
  • Edge
  • Internet Explorer 8+
  • Opera
Other browsers (including Safari) have not been tested and may not work.

Where is patient data stored?

Patient data is safely stored in Google's Cloud Datastore. Questionnaire data can only be accessed by the holder of the account that created the questionnaire. Data is encrypted under the Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) and each encryption key is itself encrypted with a regularly rotated set of master keys. All important communication between the user client and DIP-Q is protected by TLS 1.2.

How much does DIP-Q cost?

Every new user receives a free fully-functional 7-day trial. The fee for using DIP-Q after the trial period is €20 per month or €120 per year.

Why is a profile unfinished?

This happens when a patient has not filled in the complete form. Usually they have simply quit before filling out all the questions but in some cases it may be because they are using a browser that is not supported, typically some versions of Safari.