Recommendation ID
'Walking across’ from one assessment instrument to another:- What methodology should be used to allow ‘walking across’ from one assessment instrument for common mental health disorders to another?
Any explanatory notes
(if applicable)
Why is this important?:- A number of different ratings scales for depression and anxiety disorders are in current use, both in research studies and clinical practice. This makes obtaining comparative estimates of clinical outcomes at the individual level difficult when moving between research and clinical settings, and also between clinical settings. A method that allows for prompt and easy 'walking across' between assessment instruments would have a potentially significant clinical benefit in routine care.
This question should be answered by developing a new method and subsequent data analysis of existing datasets to facilitate comparison between commonly used measures.

Source guidance details

Comes from guidance
Common mental health problems: identification and pathways to care
Date issued
May 2011

Other details

Is this a recommendation for the use of a technology only in the context of research? No  
Is it a recommendation that suggests collection of data or the establishment of a register?   No