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Healthc Policy. 2008 May;3(4):e160-74.

Adapting the balanced scorecard for mental health and addictions: an inpatient example.

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  • 1Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Toronto; Research Scientist, Health Systems Research and Consulting Unit, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Toronto, ON.


The Balanced Scorecard (BSC) is a performance-monitoring framework that originated in the business sector but has more recently been applied to health services. The province of Ontario is using the BSC approach to monitor quality of inpatient care in five service areas. Feasibility of the scorecard framework for each area has been assessed using a standard approach. This paper reports results of the feasibility study for the mental health sector, focusing on three issues: framework relevance, underlying strategic goals and indicator selection. Based on a literature review and extensive stakeholder input, the BSC quadrant structure was recommended with some modifications, and indicators were selected that aligned with provincial mental health reform policy goals. The mental health report has completed two cycles of reporting, and has received good support from the field.

Copyright © 2008 Longwoods Publishing.

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