Update on CST work by me (Chris Evans)

Of the three of us, I’m responsible for the web site, most Email that come via the site, and all the translation work. Since our post on 7/7/16 I was very caught up in finishing my clinical post (permanently) at the end of July and then setting off on a trip of a lifetime: trying to cycle from London to Stantiago de Compostela in Spain.  I had to sort out … Continue Reading

CST, CORE and the UK “Brexit” vote

All three of us as CST trustees are deeply disappointed in the outcome of the referendum.  As a part of a collective recovery from the vote, it seems important to make a statement about our position.  CORE is tiny in terms of the impacts of “Brexit” on the UK and the EU, and the horrible and uncertain impacts for so many EU nationals currently in the UK and the students … Continue Reading

The CORE-OM and the h-index

The CORE-OM was the yield from a 3-year grant from the UK Mental Health Foundation, which started in 1995 and resulted in the launch of the CORE-OM and associated system in 1998. One question with all such developments is: what has been its impact? As those working in university settings will know, one index of the impact of an individual’s research is their h-index. In 2005, physicist Jorge E. Hirsch … Continue Reading

What’s in a name (2): domains, scales, scores, factors & dimensions

The original commissioning specification for the CORE system required that the items in the measure covered domains of wellbeing (or “well being”, or “well-being”: there’s another naming issue!), problems/symptoms, functioning and risk.  The questions were supposed, where possible to include intrapsychic ones and interpersonal ones and functioning was to cover both more personal/intimate and more social functioning and risk should cover intrapunitive and extrapunitive risk, i.e. risk to self and … Continue Reading

What’s in a name (1): scoring CORE measures

We may have caused a bit of confusion by introducing the term “Clinical score”.  Perhaps it’s not on the scale of the Capulet/Montague name tragedy (Shakespeare, 1591-1995?) but it may be worth explaining the scoring here as I do see mistakes and do get asked about this. History We started out scoring using the mean of the items and recommending pro-rating if not more than 10% of items were missing, … Continue Reading

Putting a CORE measure into software

Since the first of January (2015) anyone can put any CORE measure into software under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivatives 4.0 International licence.  Previously, we had restricted this permission just to people using the measure in software just for a research project and otherwise only to CORE Information Management Systems (CORE IMS) and people sublicensing through them.  See our joint statement for more information. The Creative Commons licence … Continue Reading