A feasibility study to assess service providers' perspectives regarding the use of the child and adolescent functional assessment scale in ontario

  • Katherine M. Boydell
  • Melanie Barwick
  • H. Bruce Ferguson
  • Rebecca Haines
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Abstract

This brief report describes a feasibility study conducted to assess the level of satisfaction with the Child and Adolescent Functional Assessment Scale (CAFAS) rater reliability training, the ease of achieving interrater reliability in rating CAFAS, and the clinical utility of CAFAS as an outcome measurement tool for the province of Ontario, from the perspective of service providers. This study has been instrumental in the development of a 4-year province-wide measurement initiative. The study proved useful to government policy and decision-makers, mental health administrators, clinicians, and mental health service researchers interested in the implementation of outcome measurement tools. It highlighted the fact that at least 85% of respondents were satisfied with CAFAS training and the ease of achieving interrater reliability. The majority identified the usefulness of the tool in case formulation and the value in tracking changes over time.

Keywords

Mental Health Health Service Service Provider Health Promotion Mental Health Service 

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© Association of Behavioral Healthcare Management, NCCBH 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Katherine M. Boydell
    • 1
  • Melanie Barwick
    • 1
  • H. Bruce Ferguson
    • 1
  • Rebecca Haines
    • 1
  1. 1.Community Health Systems Resource GroupThe Hospital for Sick ChildrenTorontoCanada

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