The first book to focus on measuring the basic processes of mental healthcare, such as access, detection, treatment appropriateness, safety and continuity of care, Improving Mental Healthcare: A Guide to Measurement-Based Quality Improvement integrates practical information about quality measures -- such as their clinical logic, validity and basis in scientific evidence -- into a highly readable guide on how to implement measures and use the results improve quality of care.
Improving Mental Healthcare is the only guide that includes results from the National Inventory of Mental Health Quality Measures, a federally funded study summarizing clinical, technical, and scientific properties of more than 300 process measures. This timely book describes what led to today's nationwide emphasis on improving quality of care, major approaches to quality assessment, considerations in selecting measures as well as how to analyze and interpret results. For each measure, a succinct report summarizes its clinical rationale, specifications, sources of data, supporting evidence, readiness for use, and -- where available -- data on reliability, validity, results, case-mix adjustment, standards, and benchmarks.
Improving Mental Healthcare is essential reading for practicing clinicians, healthcare managers, psychiatric residents, and medical students -- who must now meet ACGME requirements to learn about quality assessment and improvement -- as well as members of oversight organizations and consumer advocacy groups.show more