This talk presents the findings of an MRC study on whether the generic health measures of EQ-5D and SF-36 are valid in mental health. It uses mixed methods research (including interviews with service users) to show that these measures miss important ways in which mental health impacts on people's lives. It proposes 7 themes that seem to capture the important domains of recovery for people with mental health problems that provide the basis for a new generic outcome measure for mental health.
N.B. These slides were presented at the 20th Anniversary of the Centre for Mental and Physical Health Economics, 7th November 2013.