Adolescent Drug Abuse Diagnosis (ADAD) vs. Health of Nation Outcome Scale for Children and Adolescents (HoNOSCA) in clinical outcome measurement
Article first published online: 4 JUL 2006
Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice
Volume 12, Issue 5, pages 482–490, October 2006
How to Cite
Holzer, L., Tchemadjeu, I. K., Plancherel, B., Bolognini, M., Rossier, V., Chinet, L. and Halfon, O. (2006), Adolescent Drug Abuse Diagnosis (ADAD) vs. Health of Nation Outcome Scale for Children and Adolescents (HoNOSCA) in clinical outcome measurement. Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice, 12: 482–490. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2753.2006.00654.x
- Issue published online: 4 JUL 2006
- Article first published online: 4 JUL 2006
- Accepted for publication: 6 July 2005
- care programme;
- mental health;
- outcome measure
Background The Adolescent Drug Abuse Diagnosis (ADAD) and Health of Nation Outcome Scales for Children and Adolescents (HoNOSCA) are both measures of outcome for adolescent mental health services.
Aims To compare the ADAD with HoNOSCA; to examine their clinical usefulness.
Methods Comparison of the ADAD and HoNOSCA outcome measures of 20 adolescents attending a psychiatric day care unit.
Results ADAD change was positively correlated with HoNOSCA change. HoNOSCA assesses the clinic’s day-care programme more positively than the ADAD. The ADAD detects a group for which the mean score remains unchanged whereas HoNOSCA does not.
Conclusions A good convergent validity emerges between the two assessment tools. The ADAD allows an evidence-based assessment and generally enables a better subject discrimination than HoNOSCA. HoNOSCA gives a less refined evaluation but is more economic in time and possibly more sensitive to change. Both assessment tools give useful information and enabled the Day-care Unit for Adolescents to rethink the process of care and of outcome, which benefited both the institution and the patients.