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

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Short name:Help on this termLevel of psychiatric symptom severity (HoNOSCA score)
METeOR identifier:Help on this term676223
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 25/01/2018
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An assessment of the severity of a person's psychiatric symptoms, as represented by a Health of the Nation Outcome Scale for Children and Adolescents (HoNOSCA) score-based code.

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Psychiatric symptom severity, persons aged 17 years and under.

Data Element Concept:Person—level of psychiatric symptom severity

Value domain attributes

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Data type:Help on this termNumber
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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8Unknown

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CODE 8 Unknown

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

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 5-point scale with higher scores indicating more problems. Each scale is assigned a value of between 0 and 4, or 8 for unknown. 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 (excluding supplementary value 8 Unknown) from 1 to 15 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 term

Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

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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

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See also Person—level of psychiatric symptom severity, Health of the Nation Outcome Scale 65+ score code N Health, Standard 25/01/2018, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 19/01/2018

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of psychiatric symptom severity, Health of the Nation Outcome Scale for Children and Adolescents score code N Health, Superseded 25/01/2018

See also Person—level of psychiatric symptom severity, Health of the Nation Outcome Scale score code N Health, Standard 25/01/2018

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Activity based funding: Mental health care NBEDS 2018-19 Health, Superseded 12/12/2018

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Activity based funding: Mental health care NBEDS 2019-20 Health, Standard 12/12/2018

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