Outcome collections are important for supporting a service user’s journey through services.

In 2014 there were 189,100 outcome collections in the Programme for the Integration of Mental Health Data (PRIMHD). On average, inpatient outcome collection is going well. For the period July to September 2014, 88 per cent of people using an inpatient service had an outcome collection. This is above the Ministry of Health target of 80 per cent.

In the community there is a little more work to do, where 60 per cent of service users had an outcome collection. The Ministry of Health’s recommend target is 80 per cent collection by 31 July 2015.

Good data collection:

  1. can inform the provision of services
  2. assess needs at an organisational level
  3. support the development of an outcomes culture in New Zealand
  4. provides a tool for comparing individual service user and clinician perceptions about treatment outcomes.

We have made great progress in New Zealand on collection and use of outcome collections. Through a ten year journey we understand a lot more about how measures can influence decisions on treatment and support for service users and whānau.  We look forward to continuing this journey with you.

Te Pou's information analyst Sandra Baxendine works closely with PRIMHD data. She shares her thoughts on how your outcomes information makes a difference in her latest blog.