The resident assessment instrument-mental health (RAI-MH): Inter-rater reliability and convergent validity

  • John P. Hirdes
  • Trevor F. Smith
  • Terry Rabinowitz
  • Keita Yamauchi
  • Edgardo Pérez
  • Nancy Curtin Telegdi
  • Peter Prendergast
  • John N. Morris
  • Naoki Ikegami
  • Charles D. Phillips
  • Brant E. Fries
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An important challenge facing behavioral health services is the lack of good quality, clinically relevant data at the individual level. The article describes a multinational research effort to develop a comprehensive, multidisciplinary mental health assessment system for use with adults in facilities providing acute, long-stay, forensic, and geriatric services. The Resident Assessment Instrument-Mental Health (RAI-MH) comprehensively assesses psychiatric, social, environmental, and medical issues at intake, emphasizing patient functioning. Data from the RAI-MH are intended to support care planning, quality improvement, outcome measurement, and case mix-based payment systems. The article provides the first set of evidence on the reliability and validity of the RAI-MH.


Mental Health Health Promotion Quality Improvement Care Planning Convergent Validity 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • John P. Hirdes
    • 1
    • 2
  • Trevor F. Smith
    • 2
  • Terry Rabinowitz
    • 3
  • Keita Yamauchi
    • 4
  • Edgardo Pérez
    • 5
  • Nancy Curtin Telegdi
    • 1
  • Peter Prendergast
    • 6
  • John N. Morris
    • 7
  • Naoki Ikegami
    • 8
  • Charles D. Phillips
    • 9
    • 10
  • Brant E. Fries
    • 11
    • 12
  1. 1.Homewood Research InstituteUSA
  2. 2.Department of Health Studies and GerontologyUniversity of WaterlooWaterlooCanada
  3. 3.Psychiatric Consultation ServiceFletcher Allan Health CareUSA
  4. 4.Faculty of Nursing and Medical CareKeio UniversityUSA
  5. 5.Homewood Health CentreUSA
  6. 6.Ministry of HealthUSA
  7. 7.HRCA Research and Training InstituteHebrew Rehabilitation Center for the AgedUSA
  8. 8.Department of Health Policy and ManagementKeio University School of MedicineUSA
  9. 9.Health Policy and ManagementUSA
  10. 10.Health Services Research Program, School of Rural Public HealthTexas A&M University System Health CenterUSA
  11. 11.Institute of GerontologyUniversity of MichiganUSA
  12. 12.Health Systems ResearchAnn Arbor VA GRECCUSA

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