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Health of the Nation Outcome Scale for Children and Adolescents score code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termValue Domain
METeOR identifier:Help on this term575041
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standardisation pending 18/01/2017
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 15/10/2014
Definition:Help on this termA code set representing the severity of psychiatric symptoms of an individual aged 17 years and under.

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Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
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ValueMeaning
0No problems within the period stated
1Minor problem requiring no action
2Mild problem but definitely present
3Moderately severe problem
4Severe to very severe problem

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The Health of the Nation Outcome Scale for children and adolescents (HoNOSCA) is used to rate child and adolescent mental health service users. Together, the scales rate various aspects of mental and social health. 

HoNOSCA is answered on an item-specific anchored 4-point scale with higher scores indicating more problems. Each scale is assigned a value of between 0 and 4. The fifteen scales are as follows:

  • Disruptive, antisocial or aggressive behaviour
  • Overactivity attention and concentration
  • Non-accidental self injury
  • Alcohol, substance/solvent misuse
  • Scholastic or language skills 
  • Physical illness or disability problems
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Non-organic somatic symptoms
  • Emotional and related symptoms
  • Peer relationships
  • Self care and independence
  • Family life and relationships
  • Poor school attendance
  • Lack of knowledge - nature of difficulties
  • Lack of information - services/management

The sum of the individual scores of each of the scales from 1 to 13 represents the total HoNOSCA score. The total HoNOSCA score represents the overall severity of an individual's psychiatric symptoms.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this termIndependent Hospital Pricing Authority

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See also Health of the Nation Outcome Scale 65+ score code N Health, Superseded 28/02/2017, Tasmanian Health, Archived 19/01/2018, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 15/10/2014

See also Health of the Nation Outcome Scale score code N Health, Standardisation pending 18/01/2017, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 15/10/2014

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Person—level of psychiatric symptom severity, Health of the Nation Outcome Scale for Children and Adolescents score code N Health, Not progressed 18/01/2017
Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Standard 15/10/2014

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