The Queensland Mental Health Clinical Collaborative and the management of schizophrenia

Plever, Sally, Emmerson, Brett, Chapple, Benjamin, Kennedy, Craig and Groves, Aaron (2010) The Queensland Mental Health Clinical Collaborative and the management of schizophrenia. Australasian Psychiatry, 18 2: 106-114. doi:10.3109/10398560903176933

Author Plever, Sally
Emmerson, Brett
Chapple, Benjamin
Kennedy, Craig
Groves, Aaron
Title The Queensland Mental Health Clinical Collaborative and the management of schizophrenia
Journal name Australasian Psychiatry   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1039-8562
Publication date 2010-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.3109/10398560903176933
Volume 18
Issue 2
Start page 106
End page 114
Total pages 9
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher Sage
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Objective: This paper describes the development of a collaborative group of mental health clinicians who have come together to improve practice in adult acute mental health settings for the inpatient management of schizophrenia.

Method: Sixteen acute adult mental health inpatient services across Queensland worked together to develop clinical indicators related to the inpatient treatment of schizophrenia. Data collection was conducted by using information available on existing databases and through statewide chart audits using scannable form technology. Through a secure intranet site, and statewide forums, clinicians were able to access information on clinical indicators enabling them to compare their site data to peer and state data.

Results: Available data from 15 of the 16 sites provided information on clinical indicators including average length of stay, 28-day readmission rates, antipsychotic prescribing, medication dose and the use of multiple antipsychotic medications at discharge.

Conclusions: The formation of the Mental Health Clinical Collaborative has brought together clinicians across the State to develop clinical indicators and openly discuss ideas to inform and improve clinical practice. This process has been effective in improving the quality of routinely collected information across the State and in engaging clinicians in using health information to drive clinical practice.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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