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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 2008 Jul;118(1):57-63. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0447.2008.01217.x.

Objective social outcomes index (SIX): a method to summarise objective indicators of social outcomes in mental health care.

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Unit for Social & Community Psychiatry, Barts & The London School of Medicine and Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London, London, UK. s.priebe@qmul.ac.uk

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

No method has yet been established to summarise different objective indicators of social outcomes into one score. The study aimed to develop and test a simple, brief and meaningful index of social outcomes that can be used across a broad range of mental health studies and is potentially obtainable from routine documentation.

METHOD:

An index capturing employment, accommodation and living situation (range from 0 to 6; SIX) was devised and tested in three longitudinal datasets of patients with severe mental illness from Germany, Sweden and the UK.

RESULTS:

SIX showed an almost normal distribution cross-sectionally in all three datasets. Between 58 and 78% of patients changed scores over time. Change scores were weakly associated with change scores of symptoms, quality of life, global functioning and disability.

CONCLUSION:

A simple method to summarise different indicators of social outcomes provides meaningful results. It can be widely used in research and routine care.

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