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

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METeOR identifier:Help on this term740030
Registration status:Help on this termHealth, Standard 19/02/2021
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A code set representing the severity of psychiatric symptoms of an individual aged 17 and under.

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Format:Help on this termN
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Permissible values:Help on this term
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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Collection and usage attributes

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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 '7 - Not stated/missing' and '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 13 represents the total HoNOSCA score. The total HoNOSCA score represents the overall severity of an individual's psychiatric symptoms.

Source and reference attributes

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Independent Hospital Pricing Authority

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See also Health of the Nation Outcome Scale 65+ score code N Health, Standard 18/12/2019, Tasmanian Health, Endorsed 06/05/2020

Supersedes Health of the Nation Outcome Scale for Children and Adolescents score code N Health, Superseded 19/02/2021

See also Health of the Nation Outcome Scale score code N Health, Standard 17/01/2020

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Person—level of psychiatric symptom severity, Health of the Nation Outcome Scale for Children and Adolescents score code N Health, Standard 19/02/2021

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