This article describes how mental health is meas- ured in research and makes recommendations on how to improve this measurement. We suggest that, while symptoms and diagnosis are important, re- searchers need to pay more attention to how people with mental disorders function in their lives. In addi- tion, we discuss ways to use computers and technol- ogy to better measure the important outcomes. These recommendations can help researchers better under- stand how mental health problems affect patients and which treatments work so that research can lead to mental health patients receiving better care.
Volume 49 Number 1, 2012
Pages 121 — 138
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