The Resident Assessment Instrument-Mental Health (RAI-MH): Inter-Rater Reliability and Convergent Validity

John P. Hirdes, Trevor F. Smith, Terry Rabinowitz, Keita Yamauchi, Edgardo Pérez, Nancy Curtin Telegdi, Peter Prendergast, John N. Morris, Naoki Ikegami, Charles D. Phillips, Brant E. Fries

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)419-432
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Behavioral Health Services and Research
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Nov

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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