YOU CAN MEASURE PROGRESS WITH YOUR SEVERE AND PERSISTENTLY MENTALLY ILL PATIENTS USING THE S-OQ® 2.0.
Also known as the Severe Outcome Questionnaire, the S-OQ® 2.0 is specifically intended to measure mental health status. Acting as either a self report or an observer report, depending on the patient, the S-OQ® provides a “snapshot” measurement of distress and functioning levels at any given time and tracks changes in such levels across time. 30 questions featured on the S-OQ® are derived from the OQ®-30.2, with an additional 15 serious mental illness (SMI) and severe and persistent mental illness (SPMI) questions to measure basic functioning and functional impairment. A research-based reliable change index (RCI) is an absolutely critical feature to any legitimate outcome measure, and the S-OQ® utilizes an RCI to track clinically significant change across populations the OQ®-45.2 or OQ®-30.2 are unable to accurately monitor change.
The S-OQ® Social Role (SR) subscale was also the primary tool used to measure work productivity and activity impairment at PacifiCare – a very large mental health company in the Western United States – and found that the SR as an independent scale was extremely effective in outpatient settings for determining how mental health status significantly impacts productivity and attendance at work.
Clinicians can measure patient progress along several important S-OQ® dimensions:
- Subjective Discomfort (Intrapsychic functioning)
- Interpersonal Relationships
- Social Role Performance
- Serious and Severe Functional Impairment
The S-OQ® 2.0 provides a marker for degree of disturbance and a way of tracking patient improvement or deterioration.