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Recovering Quality of Life (ReQoL): Development of a brief generic mental health recovery patient reported outcome measure


The Department of Health is committed to increasing the use of outcome measures in the NHS to improve the care in people with mental health problems (Closing the Gap 2014).


First, the NHS Outcomes framework aims to incorporate indicators to promote a greater focus on outcomes that matter most to patients. Second, with the introduction of Payment by Results in mental health, the collection of a PROM is necessary.


It has been recognised that the main generic measure, the EQ-5D, is not appropriate in many areas of mental health. A generic measure needs to be: short; preference-based (i.e. can be used in cost-effectiveness analyses); applicable to all the clusters and; to encompass the main domains for measuring recovery outcomes in mental health as reported by Boardman and colleagues (2013). There is no off-the-shelf preference measure that can be satisfactorily used, necessitating the development of a new generic preference based measure in the area of mental health.

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