The Programme for the Integration of Mental Health Data (PRIMHD) is a national database of information collected by the Ministry of Health to support policy formation, monitoring and research.
PRIMHD expanded the now disestablished, Mental Health Information National Collection (MHINC) to include information on outcomes in the form of the Health of the Nations Outcome Scale (HoNOS); a clinician-rated measure of health, well-being and circumstances. MHINC was a national collection of mental health and alcohol and drug services provided from July 2000 to June 2008. PRIMHD went live on 1 July 2008.
PRIMHD collects information on the provision of secondary mental health and alcohol and drug services funded by the government. This includes secondary inpatient, residential, outpatient and community services provided by DHBs and Non-Government Organisations (NGOs). While all the DHBs have been reporting to PRIMHD since 1 July 2008, only a small number of NGOs have been reporting this long. However, as at November 2011, 214 (82%) of NGOs were reporting, with the remainder due to come online in the next few months.
PRIMHD does not include information on the provision of primary mental health care, for example from General Practitioners (GPs).
PRIMHD includes details of services provided, as well as demographic variables (such as sex, age and ethnicity), diagnosis, legal status, referral/discharge and outcomes data.