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Brief scale for measuring the outcomes of emotional and behavioural disorders in children: Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for Children and Adolescents (HoNOSCA)

  • Simon G. Gowers (a1), Richard C. Harrington (a2), Anna Whitton (a2), Paul Lelliott (a3), Anne Beevor (a3), John Wing (a3) and Robert Jezzard (a4)...

Abstract

Background

Following the development of a child and adolescent version of the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOSCA), field trials were conducted to assess their feasibility and acceptability in routine outcome measurement.

Aims

To evaluate the reliability, validity and acceptability of HoNOSCA in routine outcome measurement.

Method

Following training, 36 field sites provided ratings on 1276 cases at one time point and outcome data on 906. Acceptability was assessed by way of written feedback and at a debriefing meeting.

Results

HoNOSCA demonstrated satisfactory reliability and validity characteristics. It was sensitive to change and its ability to measure change accorded with the clinicians' independent rating. HoNOSCA was reasonably acceptable to clinicians' from a range of disciplines and services.

Conclusions

Provided that training needs can be met, HoNOSCA represents a satisfactory brief outcome measure which could be used routinely in child and adolescent mental health services.

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Corresponding author

Professor S. G. Gowers, University of Liverpool, Section of Adolescent Psychiatry, Pine Lodge, 79 Liverpool Road, Chester CH2 IAW

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Declaration of interest

Supported by a Department of Health grant.

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Department of Health (1992) The Health of the Nation. A Strategy for Health. London: HMSO.
Hunter, J., Higginson, I & Garralda, E. (1994) Systematic literature review: Outcome measures for child and adolescent services. Journal of Public Health Medicine, 18, 197206.
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Wing, J. K., Curtis, R. H. & Beevor, A. S. (1996) HoNOS – Health of the Notion Outcome Scales: Report on Research and Development. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists Research Unit.

Brief scale for measuring the outcomes of emotional and behavioural disorders in children: Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for Children and Adolescents (HoNOSCA)

  • Simon G. Gowers (a1), Richard C. Harrington (a2), Anna Whitton (a2), Paul Lelliott (a3), Anne Beevor (a3), John Wing (a3) and Robert Jezzard (a4)...

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Brief scale for measuring the outcomes of emotional and behavioural disorders in children: Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for Children and Adolescents (HoNOSCA)

  • Simon G. Gowers (a1), Richard C. Harrington (a2), Anna Whitton (a2), Paul Lelliott (a3), Anne Beevor (a3), John Wing (a3) and Robert Jezzard (a4)...
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