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Person—level of psychiatric symptom severity, Health of the Nation Outcome Scale score code N

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Metadata item type:Help on this termData Element
Short name:Help on this termLevel of psychiatric symptom severity (HoNOS score)
METeOR identifier:Help on this term641215
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Superseded 25/01/2018
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An assessment of the severity of a person's psychiatric symptoms, as represented by a HoNOS score-based code.

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Psychiatric symptom severity, persons aged 18 to 64 years.

Data Element Concept:Person—level of psychiatric symptom severity

Value domain attributes

Representational attributes

Representation class:Help on this termCode
Data type:Help on this termNumber
Format:Help on this termN
Maximum character length:Help on this term1
Permissible values:Help on this term
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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8Unknown

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CODE 8    Unknown

This code should be used for HoNOS values that are missing or recorded in the HoNOS tool as '9 - Unknown'.

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 4-point scale with higher scores indicating more problems. Each scale is assigned a value of between 0 and 4. The twelve scales are as follows:

  • Behavioural disturbance
  • Non-accidental self injury
  • Problem drinking or drug use
  • Cognitive problems
  • Problems related to physical illness or disability
  • Problems associated with hallucinations and delusions
  • Problems associated with depressive symptoms
  • Other mental and behavioural problems
  • Problems with social or supportive relationships
  • Problems with activities of daily living
  • Overall problems with living conditions
  • Problems with work and leisure activities and the quality of the daytime environment.

The sum of the individual scores of each of the scales 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.

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Data element attributes

Source and reference attributes

Submitting organisation:Help on this term

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

Reference documents:Help on this term

Royal College of Psychiatrists 2017. Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS), Viewed 18 January 2017,
 http://www.rcpsych.ac.uk/training/honos/whatishonos.aspx

Relational attributes

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See also Person—level of psychiatric symptom severity, Health of the Nation Outcome Scale 65+ score code N Health, Superseded 25/01/2018, Tasmanian Health, Archived 19/01/2018, Independent Hospital Pricing Authority, Recorded 04/08/2016

See also Person—level of psychiatric symptom severity, Health of the Nation Outcome Scale for Children and Adolescents score code N Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

Has been superseded by Person—level of psychiatric symptom severity, Health of the Nation Outcome Scale score code N Health, Standard 25/01/2018

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

Implementation in Data Set Specifications:Help on this term

Activity based funding: Mental health care NBEDS 2017-18 Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

DSS specific attributes +
Implementation in Indicators:Help on this termUsed as numerator
Change in mental health consumer's clinical outcomes, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018
Change in mental health consumer's clinical outcomes, 2018 Health, Candidate 09/08/2018
KPIs for Australian Public Mental Health Services: PI 01J – Change in consumer's clinical outcomes, 2017 Health, Standard 14/06/2017
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