Authors: Tom Callaly, Tom Trauer, VIC
Event: 2001 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, Research, Evaluation, Quality Improvement, New research on outcome measurement
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: The Behaviour and Symptom Identification Scale (BASIS-32) is a consumer self-rating instrument in routine use in several Victorian public mental health services. We examined the characteristics of completed BASIS-32 consumer self-ratings and correlated them with HoNOS ratings completed by clinicians at the same time.
Four hundred and thirty four BASIS-32 ratings completed by 367 consumers were examined. In 80% all items were completed while in a further 18% only one or two items were omitted. Two hundred and ninety four BASIS-HoNOS pairs, where each rating was completed on the same day or within one day of each other were compared, and correlations between total scores and sub-scale scores examined. Moderately strong correlations were found for those pairings completed in the context of service plan review, but correlations were much lower in the case of community intake and closure assessments. Possible reasons for this are explored. Certain items across the two instruments were more highly related than others; the implications of this for the sub-scale structure of the instruments and the usefulness of BASIS-32 in routine clinical practice are discussed.