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Improving the quality of mental health services using patient outcome data: Making the most of HoNOS

  • Mike J. Crawford (a1) (a2), Mo Zoha (a2), Alastair J. D. Macdonald (a3) and David Kingdon (a4)
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Efforts to assess and improve the quality of mental health services are often hampered by a lack of information on patient outcomes. Most mental health services in England have been routinely collecting Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) data for some time. In this article we illustrate how clinical teams have used HoNOS data to identify areas where performance could be improved. HoNOS data have the potential to give clinical teams the information they need to assess the quality of care they deliver, as well as develop and test initiatives aimed at improving the services they provide.

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This is an open-access article published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Correspondence to Mike J. Crawford (m.crawford@imperial.ac.uk)
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Improving the quality of mental health services using patient outcome data: Making the most of HoNOS

  • Mike J. Crawford (a1) (a2), Mo Zoha (a2), Alastair J. D. Macdonald (a3) and David Kingdon (a4)
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