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Outcome measures used in forensic mental health research: a structured review

Chambers, Jemma, Yiend, Jenny, Barrett, Barbara, Burns, Tom, Doll, Helen, Fazel, Seena, Jenkinson, Crispin, Kaur, Asha, Knapp, Martin ORCID: 0000-0003-1427-0215, Plugge, Emma, Sutton, Lesley and Fitzpatrick, Ray (2009) Outcome measures used in forensic mental health research: a structured review. Criminal Behaviour and Mental Health, 19 (1). pp. 9-27. ISSN 0957-9664

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Identification Number: 10.1002/cbm.724


Background The evidence base for forensic mental health (FMH) services has been developing since the late 1990s. Are outcome measures sound enough for the evaluation tasks? Aims To identify, from published literature, outcome measures used in FMH research and, where feasible, assess their quality. Method A structured review was undertaken of trials and intervention studies published between 1990 and 2006. Details of outcome variables and measures were abstracted. Evidence regarding most frequently occurring outcome measures was assessed. Results Four hundred and fifty different instruments were used to assess outcomes, incorporating 1038 distinct variables. Very little evidence could be found to support the measurement properties of commonly used instruments. Conclusions and implications for practice There is little consistency in the use of outcome measure in FMH research. Effort is required to reach consensus on validated outcome measures in this field in order to better inform practice.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Wiley-Blackwell
Divisions: Social Policy
Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Date Deposited: 05 Apr 2009 19:25
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2024 21:33

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