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The Royal College of Psychiatrists Improving the lives of people with mental illness

Mental Health Outcome Measures (3rd edition)

Edited by Graham Thornicroft and Michele Tansella

Price: £30.00

Members' discount available

Published: Sep 2010

Format: Paperback

Number of pages: 374

ISBN: 9781904671923

Mental Health Outcome Measures (3rd edition)

Evidence-based medicine demands that clinical outcomes are measurable and practicable. Yet mental health outcomes have always been notoriously difficult to quantify. This book guides the reader through the minefield of outcome measurement, providing the building blocks for evidence-based mental health service provision and evaluation.


This new edition charts the increased range of outcome domains that are now measurable, while reflecting a new emphasis on positive outcomes and recovery, and the central role of the service user’s experience.


  • Fully revised and updated.
  • New service-user focus and emphasis on recovery.
  • Guide to a key aspect of evidence-based practice.


With authors drawn from centres of excellence around the world, this volume will be essential for all those involved in research, commissioning and provision of mental health services.



~ Highly Commended in the Psychiatry category of the 2011 BMA Medical Book Awards ~


“This well-established book covers the ground in a way that I found most helpful. It’s up-to-date and well-produced.”

- BMA Medical Book Awards 2011 Programme

About the editors:

Graham Thornicroft is Professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, London and Michele Tansella is Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Verona, Italy.



Introduction: an evolving perspective of mental health outcome measures






Part I. Methodological issues



Measures of outcomes that are valued by service users



Statistical methods for measuring outcomes



Assessment instruments in mental health: description and metric properties



Using outcomes in routine clinical practice to support recovery






Part II. Domains of outcome measurement



Global functioning scales



Satisfaction with mental health services



Measuring family and carer burden in severe mental illness: the instruments



Measures of quality of life for persons with severe mental disorders



Measuring social disabilities in mental health and employment outcomes



Measuring the costs of mental healthcare



Assessing needs for mental healthcare



Measuring stigma and discrimination related to mental illness






Part III. Symptom severity outcome measures



Top-down versus bottom-up measures of depression



Symptom severity outcome measures for depression



Outcome measures for people with personality disorders



The Schedules for Clinical Assessment in Neuropsychiatry and the tradition of the Present State Examination






Part IV. International approaches to outcome assessment



Psychiatric assessment instruments developed by the World Health Organization



Measuring outcomes in mental health: implications for policy



Outcome measures for the treatment of depression in primary care


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