Outcome Measurement in Mental Health: Theory and Practice

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  • Edition: 1st
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  • Copyright: 2010-08-16
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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In order to operate in an evidence-based fashion, mental health services rely on accurate, relevant, and systematic information. One important type of information is the nature of the problems experienced by recipients of mental health care, and how these problems change over the course of time. Outcome measurement involves the systematic, repeated assessment of aspects of health and illness, either by service providers, service recipients, or both. From outcome measurement clinicians and service recipients achieve a common language whereby they can plan treatment and track progress, team leaders and managers secure a basis to compare their services with others and to promote quality, while policy makers and funders derive evidence of effectiveness. This book will be an essential and practical resource for all members of the mental health clinical team as well as those responsible for establishing or managing services, and directing policy.

Author Biography

Tom Trauer is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, The University of Melbourne, Adjunct Professor in the School of Psychology and Psychiatry, Monash University and Principal Research Fellow, St Vincent's Hospital Mental Health Service, Melbourne, Australia.

Table of Contents

List of contributorsp. vii
Forewordp. ix
Introductionp. 1
Outcome Measurement around the World
Mental health outcome measurement in Australiap. 15
Outcome measures in New Zealandp. 26
Outcome measurement in Englandp. 32
Outcomes measurement in Ohio and the United Statesp. 40
The Outcome Questionnaire system: a practical application for mental health care settingsp. 51
Outcome measurement in Italyp. 62
Outcome measurement in Germanyp. 72
Outcome measurement in mental health services in Norwayp. 84
Outcome measurement in Canada: one province's experience with implementation in community mental healthp. 94
Outcome Measurement in Specific Groups and Settings
Routine outcome measurement in child and adolescent mental healthp. 105
Outcome measurement in adult mental health servicesp. 116
Outcome measurement in older personsp. 126
Outcome measurement with indigenous consumersp. 138
Routine measurement of outcomes by Australian private hospital-based psychiatric servicesp. 149
Mental health outcome measurement in non-government organizations (NGOs)p. 164
Outcome measurement in drug and alcohol servicesp. 173
Current Issues in Outcome Measurement
Outcome measurement - applications and utilityp. 185
Stakeholder perspectives in outcome measurementp. 196
Assessment of change in outcome measurementp. 206
Routine outcome measurement: perspectives on skills and trainingp. 219
A review of instruments in outcome measurementp. 230
Some economic and policy considerations for outcome measurementp. 242
Future directionsp. 254
Indexp. 263
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