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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 outcomeEdit

See alsoEdit

References & BibliographyEdit

Key textsEdit


  • Tansella,M., Thornicroft, G. (2001) Mental Health Outcome Measures (second edition). London: Gaskell
  • Thornicroft, G., Tansella, M. (1996) Mental Health Outcome Measures. Berlin; New York: Springer


  • Barkham, M., Evans, C, Margison, E, McGrath, G., Mellor-Clark, J. etal. (1998).The rationale for developing and implementing core outcome batteries for routine- use in service settings ind psychotherapy outcome research. Journal of Mental Health, 7(1).35-47.
  • Holloway. K. (2(H)2). Outcome measures in mental health: Welcome to the revolution. British Journal of Psychiatry,181,1-2
  • Lambert, .M.. Hansen, N.& Finch, A, (2001). Patient focused reseach: Using patient outcome data to enhance treatment effects.Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 69(2), 159-172.
  • Lambert, M., and Hill, C. (1994) Assessing psychotherapy outcomes and processes. A. Bergin and S.Garfield (eds) Handbook of Psychotherapy and Behavior Change (fourth edition). New York: Wiley
  • National Institute for Mental Health in England (NIMHE) (2002) Outcome Measures for Routine Practice in Mental Health Services. London: NIMHE [1].
  • 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
  • Salvi, G., Leese, M. & Slade, M. (2005) Routine use of mental health outcome assessments: choosing the measure. British Journal of Psychiatry, 186: 146-152.
  • 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

Additional materialEdit



External linksEdit

Outcome Compendium

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