Audit in c-l psychiatry

Frits J. Huyse, John S. Lyons, Tim Zwaan, James J. Strain, Andree J.M.M. Rijssenbeek, Thomas Herzog, Ulrik F. Maltu

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During the last decade medical audit has become an important tool to evaluate and modify clinical practice in both general and mental health care settings. This article reviews the role of audit in Consultation Liaison (C-L) psychiatry. Audit has played a crucial role in helping to better understand the content and the mechanisms of our own work. Scientific arguments are made to emphasize that audit, most often a form of quasi-experimental research, is a most appropriate tool for C-L psychiatric research. The current emphasis on the importance of audit is an advantage for the further development of C-L psychiatry.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-14
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Review of Psychiatry
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1992

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These guidelines offer a databased manpower/hospita1 size definition. Such efforts demonstrate that auditing a C-L service can generate essential information that can be used to negotiate with health care providers. The current audit study supported by the European Community performed by the European Consultation Liaison Workgroup for General Hospital Psychiatry and Psychosomatics (ECLW) will, among other aims, assess the impact of manpower on service delivery and thereby provide additional data to support negotiations with health care providers (Fourth Medical and Health Research Program, 1987-1991; The Effectiveness of Mental Health Service Delivery in the General Hospital: a study by ECLW).

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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