Journal article

Internal and Predictive Validity of the French Health of the Nation Outcome Scales: Need for Future Directions

Philippe Golay, Louis Basterrechea, Philippe Conus, Charles Bonsack

PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2016

Abstract

The Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) is a widely used measure of health and social functioning of people with mental illness. The goals of this study were to verify the internal validity of the one factor and several four-factor scoring structures and to evaluate the predictive validity of HoNOS items with regards to duration of hospitalization, probability of readmission in the following year and time before readmission. 6175 hospital stays at the department of psychiatry of Lausanne University Hospital were screened and the first HoNOS of each patient was taken into account (N = 2722). Data were analyzed through Confirmatory Factor Analysis (CFA) and the predictive validity of H..

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