Implementing routine outcome measures in child and adolescent mental health services: from present to future practice
Article first published online: 2 MAR 2012
© 2012 The Authors. Child and Adolescent Mental Health © 2012 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health.
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 18, Issue 2, pages 82–87, May 2013
How to Cite
Batty, M. J., Moldavsky, M., Foroushani, P. S., Pass, S., Marriott, M., Sayal, K. and Hollis, C. (2013), Implementing routine outcome measures in child and adolescent mental health services: from present to future practice. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 18: 82–87. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2012.00658.x
- Issue published online: 11 APR 2013
- Article first published online: 2 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 23 JAN 2012
- Routine outcome measurement (ROM);
- child and adolescent mental health services (CAMHS);
Routine outcome measurement (ROM) in CAMHS is supported by U.K. Government policy. However, little is known about how measures are used in practice.
Data describing use of ROM, knowledge and attitudes regarding implementation were collected using a regional case-note audit, online survey and stakeholder workshop.
While the principle of ROM was supported by stakeholders, baseline and follow-up outcome measurement occurred in less than a fifth of cases. Barriers to implementation included lack of training and resources, clinicians' perceptions of the limitations of existing measures and lack of regular feedback of outcome data.
Implementation of ROM may be facilitated by session-by-session measures with immediate feedback to clinicians and patients.