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Australas Psychiatry. 2007 Feb;15(1):14-8.

Implementation of a first presentation psychosis clinical pathway in an area mental health service: the trials of a continuing quality improvement process.

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  • 1Adult Mental Health Service, The Townsville Hospital, Douglas, Qld, Australia. john.reilly@health.qld.gov.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

The aim of this study was to describe the process of improving early psychosis services in a generic Victorian adult area mental health service from 1998 to 2004 and to give consideration to whether to implement a first presentation psychosis clinical pathway and how that should be done.

METHOD:

A description will be given of the quality improvement process and practical difficulties in the sequential implementation of guidelines then pathways for early psychosis.

RESULTS:

We experienced many of the commonly reported difficulties in quality improvement and implementation of evidence-based practice in real clinical settings.

CONCLUSIONS:

Developing and implementing an evidence-based first presentation psychosis clinical pathway was a difficult but rewarding learning experience.

PMID:
17464627
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