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OP86. Individual Patient Outcome Measures Recommended for Use in Older People’s Mental Health

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Published: Oct 2012

Status: current

Number of pages: 26

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The principal aim of this occasional paper is to provide a short guide for old age psychiatrists in the use of individual patient outcome measures, in the context of quality assessment and more global aspects of outcome measurement.


There is already substantial routine data collection in the National Health Service (NHS) for a range of purposes related to performance and quality. Our aim is not to suggest additions or alternatives to routinely collected data for benchmarking, nor to provide a mandated list of outcome measures for particular indications, but to recommend some measures that old age psychiatrists might find useful in practice for the improvement of care and assessment of individual patient outcomes.


  • Working group
  • Purpose of this document
  • What is quality?
  • How should quality be measured?
  • Outcome measurement
  • Summary of recommended measures
  • Conclusions
  • Appendix
  • References
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