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Recovering Quality of Life (ReQoL) for users of mental
health services
ReQoL is a new Patient Reported Outcome Measure (PROM) that is being developed to assess the quality of life for people with different mental health conditions. A PROM is a questionnaire that patients complete about their health.

Questionnaires like this are important as they are used in helping to decide what support or services people receive and to measure and improve the quality of care that service users receive.  ReQoL is being developed by a Scientific group led from The University of Sheffield and funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme in England for use in the NHS.   

Aim of the study:
To develop a brief measure of the outcome of the process of recovery for the quality of life of users of mental health services.

Why is a generic mental health recovery PROM needed?

It has been recognised that a self-complete generic measure is needed to assess the outcome of mental health services that is not limited by diagnosis, but suitable for anyone who is or may at some point use mental health services. The most common measure for this purpose in England is EQ-5D, but it has been shown not to be appropriate in many areas of mental health (Brazier et al., 2014).  A generic measure needs: to be short; to be applicable to all the clusters and; to encompass the main domains for measuring recovery outcomes in mental health as reported by Boardman et al. (2013). There is no measure that is suitable for this purpose, necessitating the development of a new generic measure in the area of mental health.  

Scope of the study:
  • For use with people with mental health conditions aged 16 and over
  • Generic measure suitable across all mental health populations including common mental health problems, severe and complex and psychotic disorders (clusters 1-17) (not dementia or learning disabilities)
  • For primary, secondary and tertiary mental health services
  • For self completion by service users – though interview-based and proxy versions will be developed
  • Long version (20-30 items) and brief version (max 10 items)

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The Policy Research Unit in Economic Evaluation of Health and Care interventions is funded by the Department of Health Policy Research Programme.  It is a collaboration between researchers from the University of Sheffield and the University of York.

The Department of Health's Policy Research Unit in Economic Evaluation of Health and Care Interventions is 7-year programme of work that started in January 2011. The unit is led by Professor John Brazier (Director, University of Sheffield) and Professor Mark Sculpher (Deputy Director, University of York) with the aim of assisting policy makers in the Department of Health to improve the allocation of resources in health and social care.

ReQoL is an independent project commissioned and funded by the Policy Research Programme in the Department of Health. However, the views expressed are not necessarily those of the Department.