ReQoL is a patient-reported outcome measure that was co-produced with service users to assess quality of life for people with mental health conditions. This was undertaken in partnership between NIHR CLAHRC YH and the Policy Research Unit in Economic Evaluation of Health and Care Interventions. Over 6500 participants were recruited to develop and test the measure. Translations of ReQoL are now available in Hindi and Kannada, and content-validation has been undertaken for BME populations and adolescents.
The preference weights for the ReQoL measures are currently being generated in order to capture patient benefit, and generate QALYs that will be useful for the economic evaluation of mental health interventions.
Since its launch at the House of Parliament in October 2016, over 100 licences have been issued to service provider organisations by Oxford University Innovation Ltd. We are following case studies in nine trusts across the country. An example of a case study is given in http://www.reqol.org.uk/p/case-study.
We have progressed with delivering ReQoL through a range of methods. Coventry and Warwick are developing a user facing app compatible with CareNotes electronic patient records, and we have worked with SystmOne to embed an electronic version within this system to support mental health trusts and primary care use.
NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber will be piloting its use in ReQoL in SystmOne in RDASH before national roll out. This will support reach into mental health trusts and primary care who use this electronic health record system.
Contribution of CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber
Recovering Quality of life (ReQoL) has been majority-funded by the Department of Health. Professor John Brazier is Chief Investigator for the project and HEOM theme lead. Two members of the ReQoL core team are NIHR CLAHRC YH funded.
Tom Ricketts is part of the Mental Health and Comorbidity theme.
NIHR CLAHRC YH funded the adolescent and BME validation projects; and will support the implementation of ReQoL through matched funding.
The NIHR CLAHRC YH Addressing Capacity in Organisations to do Research Network (ACORN) trusts were active in collaborating in the development of ReQoL and are involved in implementation activities.
What happened next?
NIHR CLAHRC Yorkshire and Humber will be piloting its use in ReQoL in SystmOne in RDASH before national roll out. This will support reach into mental health trusts and primary care who use this electronic health record system. In addition to embedding ReQoL in SystmOne, they are also planning for its introduction into Lorenzo. Implementation activity includes developing a Community of Practice with ReQoL champions, and discussing support from the AHSN national network.