Authors: Tom Trauer and Glen Tobias, VIC
Event: 2008 TheMHS Conference
Subject: neami, Camberwell Assessment of Need (CAN), Researching Outcomes, EVIDENCE-BASED PRACTICE, AND OUTCOME RESEARCH,RECOVERY / REHABILITATION,RESEARCH, EVALUATION, QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Neami, has been using the Camberwell Assessment of Need (CAN), a consumer and staff rated needs assessment instrument, for over seven years. We report on the question of whether the rate of resolution of unmet needs was associated with the consumer's length of stay in the service. Fifty-nine consumers had (a) started at Neami since outcome measures were introduced, (b) had subsequently left Neami, and (c) had more than one self-rated CAN assessment. The average lengths of stay of consumers whose subjective unmet needs reduced were significantly lower than of those whose unmet needs were unchanged, which were in turn lower than the lengths of stay of those whose unmet needs increased. The corresponding associations with unmet needs as rated by key workers were not significant. These results show that routine self-assessment of unmet needs by consumers can be used to demonstrate personal progress and service effectiveness
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