Recent mental health policy has focused on developing community-based services, but the reality remains that patients experiencing acute episodes of illness are mainly cared for in hospital settings. Acute Mental Health Nursing has been developed as a guide to the core knowledge and skills required for working in inpatient settings.
Measuring Health and Social Functioning Using HoNOS
Measuring the outcomes of mental health care can potentially be achieved using a wide variety of measures. Thornicroft and Tansella (1996) provide a broad overview of potential measures that includes measures of quality of life, carer burden, patient satisfaction and assessment of need. It can be argued that not all of these represent a measurement of outcome in the purest sense, but it is important to remember that a large range of measures exist which may be potentially useful in measuring the outcome of acute in-patient care. It can also be argued that it would be impractical to use a number of these measures in a routine clinical setting such as an ...