The PRISM makes reliable and valid DSM-IV substance and co-occurring psychiatric diagnoses, as reported in the American Journal of Psychiatry (2006 Apr, 163(4):689-96; 2004 Jul, 161(7):1231-7). The PRISM has been used in many studies of substance and psychiatric disorders published in the Archives of General Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, British Journal of Psychiatry, and the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry.

The PRISM-CV-IV assesses the following DSM-IV Axis I and Axis II disorders:
Substance Abuse and Dependence
Pathological Gambling
Primary and Substance-Induced Mood, Anxiety, and Psychotic disorders
Eating Disorders
Personality Disorders
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Additional PRISM-CV-IV features:
Obtains overview of lifetime psychiatric treatment history.
Obtains history of drug and alcohol use prior to other diagnostic sections.
Assesses lifetime and current psychiatric symptoms and disorders.
Provides guidelines to assist in differentiating substance-induced from primary symptoms and the temporal relationship of psychiatric symptoms and substance use.