DIALOG

DIALOG is an outcomes measure to support structured conversation between patients and clinician focussing on the patients’ views of quality of life, needs for care and treatment satisfaction.

This was developed and evaluated in a European study. It has the potential for use as a Patient Rated Outcome Measures (PROMS) but has not yet been formally evaluated as such.

DIALOG questions include:

  1. How satisfied are you with your mental health?
  2. How satisfied are you with your physical health?
  3. How satisfied are you with your job situation?
  4. How satisfied are you with your accommodation?
  5. How satisfied are you with your leisure activities?
  6. How satisfied are you with your friendships?
  7. How satisfied are you with your partner/family?
  8. How satisfied are you with your personal safety?
  9. How satisfied are you with your medication?
  10. How satisfied are you with the practical help you receive?
  11. How satisfied are you with consultations with mental health professionals?

The rating for each item is:

  1. Couldn’t be worse
  2. Displeased
  3. Mostly dissatisfied
  4. Mixed
  5. Mostly satisfied
  6. Pleased
  7. Couldn’t be better
  8. No response

Additional help needed: Yes/No

Reference

Priebe, S., McCabe, R., et al (2007) Structured patient–clinician communication and 1-year outcome in community mental healthcare: Cluster randomised controlled trial. The British Journal of Psychiatry, November 2007 191:420-426; doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.107.036939