The Resident Assessment Instrument-Mental Health (RAI-MH): inter-rater reliability and convergent validity

TitleThe Resident Assessment Instrument-Mental Health (RAI-MH): inter-rater reliability and convergent validity
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2002
AuthorsHirdes J.P, Smith T.F, Rabinowitz T., Yamauchi K., Pérez E., Telegdi N.C, Prendergast P., Morris J.N, Ikegami N., Phillips C.D, Fries B.E
JournalJ Behav Health Serv Res
Date PublishedNov
Accession Number12404936
Keywords*Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Activities of Daily Living, Adult, Aged, Antipsychotic Agents/therapeutic use, Female, Human, Male, Mental Disorders/*classification/drug therapy/therapy, Mental Health Services/*organization & administration/standards, Middle Aged, Observer Variation, Ontario, Outcome and Process Assessment (Health Care)/methods, Patient Compliance, Residential Facilities/*organization & administration/standards, Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

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.