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What is an outcomes measure questionnaire?

In CAMHS we will ask you or your parent or carer to complete some questionnaires. These questionnaires are what we call ‘outcome measures’.

What is an outcome measure questionnaire?

Outcome measure questionnaires typically ask questions about how you are and what things you might be finding difficult, as well as giving us feedback about our work here.

Other outcome measures may ask you about your experience of CAMHS.

You may be asked to complete a paper questionnaire when you come to an appointment, or you may receive a text message with a link to the questionnaire.

What are they for?

Outcome measures are very important, because they tell us information about how you are and if CAMHS is helping you to feel better. They can also give you the chance to provide feedback about your care, so you can tell us if there are things we could be doing differently to help you. Outcome measures make sure you have a voice.

What happens to my data?

After you or your parent or carer has completed an outcome measure questionnaire, these will be added to your electronic patient record. Anyone working with you in CAMHS, and sometimes other people involved in your care (such as your GP) will be able to see your questionnaire.

Your CAMHS worker might talk to you about your answers, to help them understand you and your feelings.

Your CAMHS worker may look at your outcome measures from different times and compare them. They might share this with you, to show you how things have changed.

Can my data be anonymous?

Sometimes, your answers might be used anonymously in what we call audits or service evaluations. Nobody will know that the questionnaire was completed by you as your name will not be linked to it.

Audits and service evaluations tell us whether things are working well, or if there are things we need to change. Please speak to your CAMHS worker if you do not want your data to be used in audits and service evaluations.


Outcome measures:

  • are questionnaires you and your parent or carer will be asked to complete
  • help you and your CAMHS worker understand your situation
  • allow you to share your experiences with your CAMHS worker
  • tell us (and you!) how much the support you are receiving is helping
  • help improve CAMHS for you, and others

If you have any questions about outcome measures, please speak to your CAMHS worker or visit CORC for young people for more information.

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Please note: this is a generic information sheet relating to care at Sheffield Children’s NHS FT. These details may not reflect treatment at other hospitals. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professionals’ instructions. If this resource relates to medicines, please read it alongside the medicine manufacturer’s patient information leaflet. If this information has been translated into another language from English, efforts have been made to maintain accuracy, but there may still be some translation errors. If you are unsure about any of the guidance in this resource or have specific questions about how it relates to your child, always ask your healthcare professional for further advice.

Resource number: MH73

Resource Type: Article

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