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Routine outcome assessment or Routine Outcome Measurement (ROM) is increasingly being adopted as part of everyday clinical practice.
There are a number of factors leading to this development
- The philosophies of evidence-based practice and
Practice-based evidence both favour the production of clinical outcome data in order to facilitate clinical decision making.
- The development if a number of convenient instruments has meant that clinicans with an interest in exploring the outcome of their work have easy, and sometimes free, access to the appropriate tools
- Purchasers of psychological treatments, whether individuals, or organizations are increasingly calling for data demonstrating treatment efffectiveness.
- Clinical managers increasingly call for such data in order to monitor the services provided
Instruments suitable for the routine assessment of clinical outcome
References & Bibliography
- Slade, M., Thornicroft, G. and Glover, G. (1999) The feasibility of routine outcome measures in mental health. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 34, 243-249
- Sperlinger, D. (2002). Outcome assessment in routine clinical practice in psychosocial services. Measuring Outcomes in Routine Clinical Practice, I. Leicester: British Psychological Society (Division of Clinical Psychology).Full text