Quality statement 3: Recording health outcomes

Quality statement

Practitioners delivering pharmacological, psychological or psychosocial interventions for people with depression record health outcomes at each appointment and use the findings to adjust delivery of interventions.

Quality measure

Structure: Evidence of systems in place to monitor health outcomes for people with depression at each appointment and use the findings to adjust delivery of interventions.

Process: Proportion of people with depression receiving pharmacological, psychological or psychosocial interventions who have their health outcomes recorded at initial contact and subsequent review.

Numerator – the number of people in the denominator whose health outcomes are recorded at initial contact and subsequent review.

Denominator – the number of people with depression receiving pharmacological, psychological or psychosocial interventions.

(Suggested audit standard derived from Improving Access to Psychological Therapies [IAPT] performance indicators: Achievement of 90% data completion of health outcomes at initial contact and subsequent review).

What the quality statement means for each audience

Service providers ensure systems are in place to record patient health outcomes.

Healthcare professionals ensure they record patient health outcomes and use findings to adjust delivery of interventions.

Commissioners ensure they commission services that record patient health outcomes at each appointment and use findings to adjust delivery of interventions.

People with depression have their progress checked at each appointment to help decide on how best to continue with treatments.

Source guidance

NICE clinical guideline 90 recommendation 1.1.5.1 and NICE clinical guideline 91 recommendation 1.1.4.1 (key priorities for implementation).

Data source

Structure: Local data collection.

Process: Local data collection.