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Clin Rehabil. 2002 Aug;16(5):534-40.

A completed audit cycle and integrated care pathway for the management of depression following brain injury in a rehabilitation setting.

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Regional Rehabilitation Unit, Northwick Park and St Mark's Hospital Trust, Harrow, Middlesex, UK.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To develop an evidence-based multidisciplinary integrated care pathway (ICP) for the management of depression following brain injury in a rehabilitation setting, and to assess its impact on standards of care and documentation.

SETTING:

A regional rehabilitation unit providing inpatient rehabilitation for young patients (16-65) with complex disabilities mainly resulting from brain injury.

METHODS AND DESIGN:

A completed cycle of audit including: standards set for documentation, assessment, management and review; an initial retrospective audit of documented patient management against those standards during a five-year period (26 patient records); ICP development by a multidisciplinary team of doctors, psychologists and nurses based on clinical opinion and systematic review of the literature; re-audit from the ICP documentation (48 patient records) over a period of 15 months.

RESULTS:

The initial audit demonstrated borderline acceptable documentation of baseline mood state and start of medication (54-61%), but poor documentation of review (29%) and subsequent treatment (27%). Introduction of the ICP improved all standards of documentation to 94-100%, except for assessment using a validated measure (84%) and follow-up assessment (76%).

CONCLUSIONS:

This ICP raised staff awareness of depression, leading to improved documentation and possibly also standards of care.

PMID:
12194624
DOI:
10.1191/0269215502cr523oa
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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