Authors: Tom Trauer, VIC
Event: 2003 TheMHS Conference
Subject: victoria, research and evaluation,
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Four Victorian mental health services commenced routine outcome measurement in their adult services in mid-2000. Clinician-completed measures (HoNOS and LSP) and a consumer self-rated measure (BASIS). The relative contribution of consumer, clinician, and service factors in whether or not consumers completed a self-rating measure in the context of routine outcome measurement was studied. Wide differences were observed between the four agencies in the rates of completion of the self-rating measure. Consumer characteristics associated with greater likelihood of completion were lower age, non-organic diagnosis, lesser severity/disability as measured by the HoNOS and LSP. More focused analysis showed that agency, lower age, and lower compliance were most reliably associated with completion. Significant proportions of clinicians had no recorded instances of consumer self-rating associated with their assessments. Service and clinician factors appear to be equally important as consumer factors in whether or not a self-rating measure was completed. The results suggest that consumer self-rating is not yet firmly established in the outcomes measurement culture.