Routine Outcome Measures (ROMs)


The use of outcome measures as part of a clinical intervention and for service experience feedback includes the use of questionnaires and feedback tools. These collect information from service users as to how they are feeling, symptom experience, treatment/intervention goals, improvements in symptoms and experience of using the service. The effective use of outcome measures is a key component in CYP IAPT and service transformation.

Why use ROMs as an integral part of service interventions?

The use of outcome measures is fundamental to promoting meaningful conversations with service users. These conversations relate to what is really important to service users and promote greater collaboration. This is because the use of outcome measures can improve communication and help monitor the impact of interventions, prompting changes when required.

When used as a means of promoting meaningful conversations with service users, ROMs have been shown to improve outcomes, reduce drop out and reduce the length of interventions. This form of collaborative practice is therefore considered to enhance the relationship between clinicians and service users, contributing significantly to clinical outcomes, regardless of the intervention used.

Did you know?

The Midlands CYPIAPT Collaborative provides outreach and short courses on the use of Outcome Measures with children, young people and their carers. Visit our Site Outreach page to find out more.

Commonly used ROMs

Some examples of frequently used Routine Outcome Measures:

  • Revised Children’s Anxiety and Depression Scale (and Subscales) – RCADS
  • Strength and Difficulties Questionnaire – SDQ
  • Mood and Feelings Questionnaire
  • Generalised Anxiety Disorder Assessment
  • Short Warwick-Edinburgh Mental Wellbeing Scale
  • Outcome Rating Scale – ORS
  • Session Rating Scale – SRS
  • Children’s Global Assessment Scale – CGAS
  • Eating Disorder Examination
  • Goal-Based Outcome – GBO
  • Score-15
  • Sheffield Learning Disabilities Outcome Measure – SLDOM
  • Child Revised Impact of Event Scale – CRIES
  • Health of the Nation Outcome Scales for Children and Adolescents – HONOSCa
  • CAMHS Satisfaction Scale
  • CHI-Esq

You can access further details on the above outcome measuring tools via the CAMHS Outcome Research Consortium (CORC). This is a national site with full details of all the outcome measure tools available.

Further Reading

Further information relating to using outcome measures can be found on the following websites: