This is consistent with developments in the areas of psychosocial rehabilitation and the increase in recovery-oriented intervention models for mental disorders.
We reviewed the status of assessment in mental health research, providing an overview of symptom and diagnostic assessment that is the cornerstone of most mental health research assessment.
We then focused on measurement that can be applied across diagnostic groups and on functioning as a key mental health outcome.
We reviewed the International Classification of Functioning, Disability, and Health and its implications for improvements in assessment.
We provided an example of a new assessment, the Inventory of Psychosocial Functioning, which highlights key issues in the measurement of functioning.
We then addressed improving research assessment, including issues of assessment in diverse populations and the need to capitalize on new data sources and new assessment technologies to advance assessment in mental health research. Finally, we reviewed and discussed areas for research and quality improvement, drawing on examples from the Department of Veterans Affairs to illustrate potential opportunities.
JournalJournal of rehabilitation research and development
J Rehabil Res Dev (1938-1352)
San Francisco VA Medical Center-Mental Health (116-B) 4150 Clement St., San Francisco, CA 94121, USA. john.mcquaid [at] va.gov
J Rehabil Res Dev. 2012 ;49(1):121-38
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