Authors: Tom Callaly, Tom Trauer
Event: 2000 TheMHS Conference
Subject: book of proceedings, HONOS, NATIONAL MENTAL HEALTH STRATEGY, BARWON HEALTH, MONASH UNIVERSITY, RESEARCH AND EVALUATION, PSYCHOLOGY
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: We compared three consumer rated outcome measures, the HoNOS Self Report, BASIS-32 and MHI, in terms of their acceptability and feasibility with consumers, and case managers views. Many consumers did not complete the measures when they were offered; on average they were not more severely ill than those that did complete forms, but they were more like to have involuntary legal status. Those that did complete the forms found them quick, easy, and suitable for repeated, routine use. Generally, case managers felt that consumers' ratings were broadly similar to their own ratings, and did not change their management strategies as a result of the consumer feedback. Some case managers tended to attribute any differences in ratings to the consumers' illness. Few major differences were found between the three instruments, and it was concluded that the fact and process of using them was more important than the differences between them.