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Evaluating psychological therapies services: A review of outcome measures and their utility

Leach, Chris, Lucock, Mike, Iveson, Steve and Noble, Rachael (2004) Evaluating psychological therapies services: A review of outcome measures and their utility. Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Research and Practice, 1 (1). pp. 53-66. ISSN 1743-6885

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    We describe the use of a number of outcome measures that have been used over the
    past eight years to evaluate adult psychological therapies services in the Wakefield &
    Pontefract locality of the South West Yorkshire Mental Health NHS Trust. The
    psychological therapies service now has a unique database of outcome measures
    completed by 5563 clients, which has been used nationally and internationally for
    service evaluation and research purposes. Internally, the database has informed the
    clinical service, allowing prioritising of referrals and feedback to clinicians and
    referral agencies on the quality of the service and appropriateness of referrals.

    We describe the properties and intended use of the measures, the way results are fed
    back to the service and evaluate the usefulness of the measures in routine service
    settings. Implications for psychological therapies and other mental health services are
    discussed including:

    • Choice of generic or specific outcome measures

    • How the measures relate to one another

    • Clinical usefulness of the measures, including risk assessment

    • Interpretation of results, including availability of norms and how to assess

    • Practical utility, including cost

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: psychological therapies, practice-based evidence, CORE-OM, BDI, BAI, IIP-32, DES
    Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
    B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
    Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
    School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Applied Psychological Research
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    Depositing User: Graham Stone
    Date Deposited: 31 Jul 2009 16:33
    Last Modified: 15 Aug 2013 13:16


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