Uptake of mandatory outcome measures in mental health services

Rowena Jacobs*, Valerie Moran

*Corresponding author for this work

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Aims and method: The collection of results of a specific outcome measure, the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS), is mandatory for mental healthcare providers in the National Health Service in England. Not all providers collect HoNOS data and coverage varies widely. This paper explores, by means of interviews with clinicians and policy makers and econometric analysis of HoNOS data, the barriers and incentives to the uptake of HoNOS and outcomes more generally, and the key characteristics associated with providers who do undertake HoNOS. Results: The main barriers to the collection of outcomes involve a lack of adequate feedback mechanisms, a lack of perceived clinical relevance and poor information technology infrastructure. Econometric results show HoNOS collection is associated with providers who produce high-quality data. Clinical implications: Initiatives should focus on putting systems in place to encourage feedback mechanisms for clinicians. Declaration of interest: None.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-343
Number of pages6
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2010
Externally publishedYes


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