A review of the psychometric properties of the Health of the Nation Outcomes Scales (HoNOS) family of measures

Pirkis, J. E., Burgess, P., Kirk, P., Dodson, S., Coombs, T. J. and Williamson, M. (2005) A review of the psychometric properties of the Health of the Nation Outcomes Scales (HoNOS) family of measures. Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 3 76: . doi:10.1186/1477-7525-3-76


Author Pirkis, J. E.
Burgess, P.
Kirk, P.
Dodson, S.
Coombs, T. J.
Williamson, M.
Title A review of the psychometric properties of the Health of the Nation Outcomes Scales (HoNOS) family of measures
Journal name Health and Quality of Life Outcomes   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1477-7525
Publication date 2005-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1186/1477-7525-3-76
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 3
Issue 76
Total pages 12
Editor M. Tamburini
Place of publication London, U.K.
Publisher BioMed Central
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subject C1
321204 Mental Health
730211 Mental health
Abstract BACKGROUND: The Health of the Nation Outcome Scales was developed to routinely measure outcomes for adults with mental illness. Comparable instruments were also developed for children and adolescents (the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for Children and Adolescents) and older people (the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales 65+). All three are being widely used as outcome measures in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. There is, however, no comprehensive review of these instruments. This paper fills this gap by reviewing the psychometric properties of each. METHOD: Articles and reports relating to the instruments were retrieved, and their findings synthesised to assess the instruments' validity (content, construct, concurrent, predictive), reliability (test-retest, inter-rater), sensitivity to change, and feasibility/utility. RESULTS: Mostly, the instruments perform adequately or better on most dimensions, although some of their psychometric properties warrant closer examination. CONCLUSION: Collectively, the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales family of measures can assess outcomes for different groups on a range of mental health-related constructs, and can be regarded as appropriate for routinely monitoring outcomes.
Keyword Mental illness
Health of the Nation Outcome Scales
Outcome assessment (Health Care)
Psychiatric status rating scales
Psychometric properties
Outcome measures
United Kingdom
Australia
New Zealand
Q-Index Code C1

 
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