Mental health outcome evaluation /

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Author / Creator:Speer, David C.
Imprint:San Diego : Academic Press, ©1998.
Description:1 online resource (xii, 121 pages) : illustrations
Subject:Mental health services -- Evaluation.
Outcome assessment (Medical care)
PSYCHOLOGY -- Mental Health.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Mental Illness.
MEDICAL -- Mental Health.
Mental health services -- Evaluation.
Outcome assessment (Medical care)
Geestelijke gezondheidszorg.
Mental Health Services -- organization & administration.
Outcome Assessment, Health Care.
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
Format: E-Resource Book
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Notes:Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Summary:Mental Health Outcome Evaluation bridges the gap between traditional research and evaluation methods by presenting an alternative to the highly technical and statistical methods developed in the laboratory for mental health care professionals. It focuses on outcome evaluation of mental health services for adults, concentrating on the general principles that can be used to assess the service effectiveness of community health centers, clinics, and private practices. The book presents a formidable argument for descriptive outcome studies through its evaluation of the results and consequences of care and treatment as well as clinician ratings. It is written in a non-technical style, making it accessible to anyone in the mental health industry. Key Features * Addresses industry efforts to monitor and assess information about results and consequences of mental health care and treatment * Evaluates use of clinician ratings as outcome information * Offers accessible general principles for managers and mental health services researchers * Presents the best argument for descriptive outcome studies.
Other form:Print version: Speer, David C. Mental health outcome evaluation. San Diego : Academic Press, ©1998 0126565759 9780126565751
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Faced with escalating health-care costs, service managers, managed care executives, and other policy makers and funders who provide mental health services are demanding evidence of consumer change or benefit. Speer addresses such a need. He cites modifications of scientific methodologies and instruments that have been used for practical program evaluation in community or clinical settings. Instruments used to measure consumer changes in behavior, condition, or adjustment and related issues are discussed in detail. Speer presents three evaluation strategies in tabular format for comparing consumer change: single cohort pre-posttest, nonequivalent comparison groups, and experimental or randomized control groups. Comparative data are also used in the interpretation of change or outcome data in language understandable to nonscientist administrators. Problems relative to data distortions that may confound findings are discussed, such as representativeness of the sample, service provider-ratings, consumer attrition, statistical tests for small groups, and suggested methods of solving them. Finally, issues central to decision making in the planning of outcome evaluations are discussed. Appropriate for administrators and clinicians. N. S. Springer; emeritus, University of Michigan

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