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Assessment Tools

Collection of Assessment Tools for Measuring Outcomes in Psychosis

MIRECC Version of the Global Assessment of Functioning Scale

The MIRECC GAF measures occupational functioning, social functioning, and symptom severity on three subscales. MIRECC GAF ratings were obtained for 398 individuals with schizophrenia or schizoaffective disorder who were receiving treatment at three Veterans Affairs mental health clinics. Assessments were completed using the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale and the Quality of Life Interview at baseline and nine months later. All three MIRECC GAF subscales exhibited very high levels of reliability. The three MIRECC GAF subscales can be scored reliably, and they have good concurrent and predictive validity. Further work is needed on brief measures of patient functioning, especially measures of social functioning.

For further information contact:

Noosha Niv, PhD

Email: noosha.niv@gmail.com 

Phone: 562-826-5454

Competency Assessment Instrument (CAI)

One approach to improving the quality of care for severe mental illnesses (SMI) such as schizophrenia is through the improvement of provider competencies; the attitudes, knowledge, and skills needed to deliver high-quality care. The CAI measures 15 provider competencies developed by Young et al (2000) that were viewed as central to recovery-oriented care. Each competency is measured with its own scale, which is made of a combination of three to five Likert items requesting a numerical response on a four or five-point scale. Demographic questions assessing race/ethnicity, gender, education level, job title, job duties, and number of years in mental health are also included.

For further information contact:

Dawn Glover

Email: dawnglover@ucla.edu 

Phone: 310-478-3711 Ext. 48338

PAS

It has been difficult to improve care for severe mental illness (SMI) in usual care settings because clinical information is not reliably and efficiently managed. Methods are needed for efficiently collecting this information to evaluate and improve health care quality. Audio computer-assisted self-interviewing (ACASI) can facilitate this data collection and has improved outcomes for a number of disorders, suggesting the need to test its accuracy and reliability in people with SMI. ACASI data collection is reliable among people with bipolar disorder and schizophrenia and could be a valuable tool to improve their care.

For further information contact:

Dawn Glover

Email: dawnglover@ucla.edu 

Phone: 310-478-3711 Ext. 48338

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VHA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System
Los Angeles, CA
310-268-3647

VHA Long Beach Healthcare System
Long Beach, CA
526-826-5454

VHA San Diego Healthcare System
San Diego, CA
858-552-8585 Ext. 2261