26 May 2020

International Experts Launch a Foundational Set of Standards to Measure and Improve Psychotic Disorders Care Globally

The International Consortium for Health Outcome Measurement (ICHOM) have announced the release of their new standard set of measures for Psychotic Disorders. Dr Anju Keetharuth of HEDS has been involved in the development, in partnership with ICHOM.

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Recovering Quality of Life Measure (ReQoL-20) chosen by an international panel of experts for the new set of standards to measure and improve psychotic disorders globally. The International Consortium for Health Outcome Measurement (ICHOM) have announced the release of their new standard set of measures for Psychotic Disorders. As part of this new standard set the Recovering Quality of Life outcome questionnaire (ReQoL-20) has been chosen as the measure for tracking 3 aspects of psychotic disorders - Quality of Life, Personal recovery, and Positive and negative symptoms. HEDS's Dr Anju Keetharuth was involved in the development of the ICHOM Standard Set for Psychotic Disorders in partnership with ICHOM.

The ICHOM Standard Set for Psychotic Disorders is the result of hard work by an international group (from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia) of leading psychiatrists, psychologists, mental health experts, measurement experts, and service user experts. The new standard set represents the outcomes that matter most to adults and adolescents (age 12 upwards) with psychosis. This marks an important step towards promoting data quality and availability whilst strengthening mental health care for this group.

The development of the ReQoL was led by researchers at School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR), the University of Sheffield and is exclusively available for licence from the Clinical Outcomes team at Oxford University Innovation. The ReQoL has grown rapidly in its recognition as a quality of life measure for assessment with people experiencing mental health difficulties. International recognition of the ReQoL is demonstrated by the rapid growth of the library of translations, with currently 18 available from Clinical Outcomes.

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