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Investigating Patient Outcome Measures in Mental Health


  • Rowena Jacobs

    (Centre for Health Economics, University of York, UK)


This report examines the feasibility of incorporating patient outcomes in mental health into a productivity measure. It examines which outcome measures are most commonly used in mental health, the practical issues about collecting these outcome measures, whether they can be converted into a generic measure, whether there is a time series of data available, and whether the data exists to examine changes in the mix of treatments over time. The criteria that were assumed to be important for an outcome measure to be included in a productivity index, were that it should have wide coverage, should be routinely collected, could readily be linked to activity data, could potentially be converted to a generic outcome measure, and would be available as a time-series. The report focuses predominantly on mental health outcomes within the working age population. Literature searches on outcome measurement in mental health covered numerous databases and retrieved over 1500 records. Around 170 full papers were obtained.

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  • Rowena Jacobs, 2009. "Investigating Patient Outcome Measures in Mental Health," Working Papers 048cherp, Centre for Health Economics, University of York.
  • Handle: RePEc:chy:respap:48cherp

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    5. Adriana Castelli & Diane Dawson & Hugh Gravelle & Rowena Jacobs & Paul Kind & Pete Loveridge & Stephen Martin & Mary O'Mahony & Philip Stevens & Lucy Stokes & Andrew Street & Martin Weale, 2007. "A New Approach To Measuring Health System Output and Productivity," National Institute Economic Review, National Institute of Economic and Social Research, vol. 200(1), pages 105-116, April.
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    1. Mavranezouli, I & Brazier, JE & Young, Tracey A. & Barkham, M, 2009. "Using Rasch analysis to form plausible health states amenable to valuation: the development of CORE-6D from CORE-OM in order to elicit preferences for common mental health problems," MPRA Paper 29849, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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