The Resident Assessment Instrument-Mental Health (RAI-MH): inter-rater reliability and convergent validity

J Behav Health Serv Res. 2002 Nov;29(4):419-32. doi: 10.1007/BF02287348.


An important challenge facing behavioral health services is the lack of good quality, clinically relevant data at the individual level. The article describes a multinational research effort to develop a comprehensive, multidisciplinary mental health assessment system for use with adults in facilities providing acute, long-stay, forensic, and geriatric services. The Resident Assessment Instrument-Mental Health (RAI-MH) comprehensively assesses psychiatric, social, environmental, and medical issues at intake, emphasizing patient functioning. Data from the RAI-MH are intended to support care planning, quality improvement, outcome measurement, and case mix-based payment systems. The article provides the first set of evidence on the reliability and validity of the RAI-MH.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Validation Study

MeSH terms

  • Activities of Daily Living
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Antipsychotic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mental Disorders / classification*
  • Mental Disorders / drug therapy
  • Mental Disorders / therapy
  • Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Mental Health Services / standards
  • Middle Aged
  • Observer Variation
  • Ontario
  • Outcome and Process Assessment, Health Care / methods
  • Patient Compliance
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales*
  • Residential Facilities / organization & administration*
  • Residential Facilities / standards


  • Antipsychotic Agents