Person—level of psychiatric symptom severity, Health of the Nation Outcome Scale score code N
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|Short name:||Level of psychiatric symptom severity (HoNOS score)|
An assessment of the severity of a person's psychiatric symptoms, as represented by a Health of the Nation Outcome Scale (HoNOS) score-based code.
Psychiatric symptom severity, persons aged 18 to 64 years.
|Data Element Concept:||Person—level of psychiatric symptom severity|
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The Health of the Nation Outcome Scale (HoNOS) is used to rate adult mental health service users. Together, the scales rate various aspects of mental and social health.
HoNOS is answered on an item-specific anchored 5-point scoring scale which is used to score and thereby determine the scale of the individual psychiatric symptoms outlined in the HoNOS. Higher scores indicate problems of greater severity. The psychiatric symptom scales are assigned a value between 0 and 4, with supplementary values of 7 and 9 where a value cannot be assigned for due to it being not stated, missing or unable to be rated for other reasons. The twelve scales are as follows:
The sum of the individual scores of each of the scales (excluding supplementary values 7: Not stated/Missing and 9: Unable to rate because not known or not applicable to the consumer) represents the total HoNOS score. The total HoNOS score ranges from 0 to 48, and represents the overall severity of an individual's psychiatric symptoms.
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|Submitting organisation:||Australian Institute of Health and Welfare|
Royal College of Psychiatrists 2022. Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS), Viewed 26 July 2022,
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Supersedes Person—level of psychiatric symptom severity, Health of the Nation Outcome Scale score code N
See also Person—level of psychiatric symptom severity, Health of the Nation Outcome Scale 65+ score code N
See also Person—level of psychiatric symptom severity, Health of the Nation Outcome Scale for Children and Adolescents score code N
See also Person—level of psychiatric symptom severity, Health of the Nation Outcome Scale other type code A
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