Health Of The Nation Outcome Scales: Clinician Attitude And Acceptability

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Authors: Paul Hantz, Tom Callaly

Year: 1998

Event: 1998 TheMHS Conference

Subject: book of proceedings

Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers

Abstract: Outcomes measurement is of growing interest in the mental health service for administrative and research purposes. For any measure to remain in use over the long term it should have appeal and value to the clinicians routinely collecting the data. In this paper we report the results of a survey of clinicians experienced in using Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) and it’s computerized version (HoNOSoft) in an area mental health service. Questionnaires were completed by 42 clinicians asked to rate HoNOS and HoNOSoft on a variety of points, including ease of use, amount of training, confidence, and utility both day to day and in supervision and team review settings. The results are presented, along with conclusions and some recommendations for use of these instruments in routine clinical practice.

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