C.O.R.E. stands for Clinical Outcomes in Routine Evaluation.
In very simple terms it measures (from ‘Not at all’, to ‘Most or all of the time’) how a client has felt over the last week:
1. I have felt tense, anxious or nervous
2. I have felt I have someone to turn to for support when needed
3. I have felt able to cope when things go wrong
4. Talking to people has felt too much for me
5. I have felt panic or terror
6. I made plans to end my life
7. I have had difficulty getting to sleep or staying asleep
8. I have felt despairing or hopeless
9. I have felt unhappy
10. Unwanted images or memories have been distressing me
The clinical score from the ten questions (6xP, 3xF, 1xR) in CORE is interpreted as follows:
6-10 Low level problems
11-15 Mild psychological distress
16-20 Moderate distress
21-25 Moderately severe
26-40 Severe psychological distress
…the aspiration of this short questionnaire meant to “enable measurement of depression while retaining coverage of general psychological distress”.
W – Wellbeing (4)
P – Problems and symptoms (12)
F – Functioning (12)
R – Risk (6)
From this a wider quantitative assessment is gleaned.