By Marc Harrison, Damian Mitchell, David Howard
Fresh psychological healthiness coverage has fascinated about constructing community-based services, but the truth continues to be that sufferers experiencing acute episodes of disease are typically cared for in health center settings. Acute psychological healthiness Nursing has been built as a advisor to the center wisdom and talents required for operating in inpatient settings.
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As with interviewing and observation, measurement may be made at a number of levels. The most general comprises broad assessment questionnaires which are used to assess psychological, physical or social functioning. • Global Assessment of Functioning (GAF) (American Psychiatric Association, 1994). A clinician-rated 0–100 scale that assesses symptom severity or level of psychological, social and occupational functioning where non-organic psychological symptoms are present. , 1998). This 12-item scale, intended for use by nurses and psychiatrists, examines both clinical problems and social functioning.
Qxd 4/5/04 11:55 AM Page 21 Acute psychiatric in-patient assessment 21 These scales are often used as ‘screening tools’ and not as substitutes for an in-depth interview. , 1979; Sundin and Horowitz, 2002). A 15-item self-report scale that assesses symptoms of intrusion and avoidance following a traumatic event. , 1995). , re-experiencing, avoidance and increased arousal, duration of over a month and interference with functioning. , 1999). Assesses the health and social needs of people with mental health problems.
HoNOS is identified as the key outcome indicator, which as part of an MHMDS can help to meet the goal of providing ‘quality and management information to aid continuous service improvement’ (Department of Health, 2001: 30). It is clear, therefore, that HoNOS will become a necessary part of data collection and performance management for mental health services in the UK for the foreseeable future. The challenge for mental health professionals is to ensure that it is used appropriately to provide useful, timely, quality data for managing client caseloads and targeting activities and resources to meet client needs.
Acute Mental Health Nursing: From Acute Concerns to the Capable Practitioner by Marc Harrison, Damian Mitchell, David Howard