Use of measurement audit in outcomes management

John S. Lyons, Purva Rawal, Irene Yeh, Scott C. Leon, Peter Tracy

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With the growing emphasis on accountability in mental health services, outcomes management strategies are gaining popularity. However, for these techniques to be credible, it is necessary to ensure the reliability of clinical data. In other words, outcomes measures must accurately reflect the actual status of service recipients. This article presents the use of the measurement audit as one means of monitoring and improving the reliability of outcomes measurements. The methods and findings from an audit of crisis assessment workers for children in state custody are presented. Clinical assessments completed at the time of service were compared with assessments using the same measure completed via retrospective file review. Findings suggest generally good reliability, 0.72 overall, with some variation by provider and type of information.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)75-80
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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