A Review and update of the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS)

JAMES, Mick, PAINTER, Jon, STEWART, Malcolm and BUCKINGHAM, Bill (2018). A Review and update of the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS). BJPsych Bulletin, 42 (2), 63-68.

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Summary Aims and method: The Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) and older adults version (HoNOS 65+) have been used widely for 20 years but their glossaries have not been revised to reflect clinicians’ experiences or changes in service delivery. The Royal College of Psychiatrists convened an international advisory board, with UK, Australian and New Zealand expertise, to identify desirable amendments. The aim was to improve rater experience by removing ambiguity and inconsistency in the glossary rather than more radical revision. Results Changes proposed to the HoNOS are reported. HoNOS65+ changes will be reported separately. Based on the views and experience of the countries involved a series of amendments were identified. Clinical implications While effective clinician training remains critically important, these revisions aim to improve intra- and inter-rater reliability and improve validity. Next steps will depend on feedback from HoNOS users. Reliability and validity testing will depend on funding. Declaration of interest None.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Centre for Food Innovation
Departments: Health and Well-being > Nursing and Midwifery
Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1192/bjb.2017.17
Depositing User: Jon Painter
Date Deposited: 14 Dec 2017 14:49
Last Modified: 28 Mar 2018 19:12
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17546

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