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  1. Issues in the assessment of outcome in mental health.

    Article - En anglais


    The purpose of this paper is to examine a number of issues in the assessment of outcome in mental health.


    Issues are considered in terms of a number of dichotomies or choices.

    These include :

    • intervention-dependent versus intervention-independent definitions of outcome, focussing on inputs or processes versus outcomes ;

    • individual versus organisational outcomes ;

    • outcomes for patients versus outcomes for significant others ;

    • pure versus mixed outcomes ;

    • care versus cure ;

    • direct versus indirect measures ;

    • objective versus subjective measures ;

    • descriptive versus prescriptive measures ;

    • global versus specific assessment ;

    • and assessing at significant times points versus assessing at fixed intervals.


    Guiding principles are formulated in terms of the foregoing issues.

    Mots-clés Pascal : Méthodologie, Mesure, Evolution, Santé mentale, Service santé, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Methodology, Measurement, Evolution, Mental health, Health service, Human

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 98-0349634

    Code Inist : 002B18B04. Création : 27/11/1998.