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Matching resources to care: the acceptability, validity and inter-rater reliability of a new instrument to assess severe mental illness (MARC-1)

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  • Peter Huxley
  • Siobhan Reilly
  • R. Gater
  • Eva Robinshaw
  • J. Harrison
  • Hadi Mohamad
  • T. Butler
  • Barry Windle
<mark>Journal publication date</mark>07/2000
<mark>Journal</mark>Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology
Issue number7
Number of pages6
Pages (from-to)312-317
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


Most definitions of severe mental illness (SMI) are categorical and assign the patient to either SMI or not-SMI status. While this is useful for some purposes, it is a rather limited approach. The purpose of the present study is to develop a new method of addressing the issue of 'severity', and to develop a dimensional rather than a categorical approach. The paper reports on the acceptability, reliability and validity of a method developed to collect a standard set of data covering the majority of items specified in the academic and policy literature as characterising SMI.