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Validation of the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales as a routine measure of outcome in early intervention programmes.
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PMID:  22225572     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Aim: So far, no study has assessed the validity of the Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) in patients enrolled in early intervention programmes, nor has any study evaluated the validity of the HoNOS in people at ultra high-risk (UHR) of psychosis. This study set out to assess the validity and reliability of the HoNOS as a measure of outcome in the patients enrolled in an early intervention programme. Methods: The concurrent, discriminant and predictive validity, and the reliability of the HoNOS as a measure of outcome in an early intervention programe were assessed in 87 first-episode psychosis (FEP) patients, and in 81 patients at UHR of psychosis. Results: Reliability indexes were good in the FEP sample, and less good in the UHR sample. HoNOS total scores differentiated between FEP and UHR patients, and the HoNOS subscales proved able to assess a specific profile of symptoms in the two samples, demonstrating a helpful adjunctive measure of health status without complete overlap with other scales. Sensitivity to change was also very good, again with differences between FEP and UHR patients. HoNOS scores at intake did not predict failure to attain remission in FEP patients. There were too few cases of transition to psychosis (n = 2) to assess predictive validity of HoNOS in the UHR sample. Conclusion: HoNOS possesses satisfactory sensitivity and validity to be used in the routine assessment in early intervention programmes.
Antonio Preti; Alessia Pisano; Maria Teresa Cascio; Federico Galvan; Emiliano Monzani; Anna Meneghelli; Angelo Cocchi
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-1-8
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Title:  Early intervention in psychiatry     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1751-7893     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
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Created Date:  2012-1-9     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  101320027     Medline TA:  Early Interv Psychiatry     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Centro Medico Genneruxi, Cagliari Azienda Ospedaliera Ospedale Niguarda Ca' Granda, Dipartimento di Salute Mentale: Programma2000, Milano, Italy.
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