Outcomes for mental health services

1st April 2019

The Kings Fund has recently released a report which examines the pursuit of outcomes by mental health services, asking: What really matters?

There has been an increasing interest in the concept of value-based health care and how resources are allocated to improve outcomes. However, measuring outcomes in mental health services is often complex and fraught with difficulty, with professionals and service users often having very different perspectives on the nature of mental illness and the role of services in addressing it.

Through a series of over 100 conversations with people actively involved in mental health services in England, the report highlights how frameworks for measuring outcomes are often too narrowly focused on clinical outcomes. The report challenges those in mental health to find a consensus on the outcomes that matter to people with mental health problems.

You can read the report here.