Samantha L Robertson

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The development of a new standardized investigator-based interview for use in the differential diagnosis of pervasive developmental disorders is described, together with a diagnostic algorithm (using ICD-10 criteria) based on its use. Good interrater reliability for algorithm items was shown between four raters, two in Canada and two in the UK, who rated 32(More)
OBJECTIVE To describe the first stage of development of a patient satisfaction form designed for psychiatric outpatients. METHOD An initial 62-item questionnaire was completed by 172 patients, who were asked to assess the importance of a number of practice and practitioner features in contributing to their satisfaction. RESULTS Mean scores prioritized(More)
The diagnostic boundaries of the behavioural phenotype for autism were examined in 28 MZ pairs and 20 DZ same-sex twin pairs, where one or both twins had autism. In the non-autistic cotwin (i.e. in twin pairs discordant for autism) it was common to find language impairments in childhood and social deficits persisting into adulthood. Concordance for this(More)
OBJECTIVE To report the development of a referrer satisfaction measure. METHOD Urban and rural general practitioners, physicians, neurologists, as well as obstetricians and gynaecologists rated 36 items in terms of their judged importance to the respondent's satisfaction with a psychiatric service. Responses of the whole sample and component practitioner(More)
OBJECTIVE The present study was designed to investigate the clinical and social outcomes for a group of individuals (n = 181) discharged into supported accommodation from three long-stay facilities in Queensland. METHOD Data were collected prospectively using a battery of standardized measures and individual interviews at 6 weeks pre-discharge and again(More)
The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Programme (MHNIP) was established across Australia during 2007. The programme enables mental health nurses to work alongside general practitioners (GPs) and other health professionals to assist in the assessment and treatment of people with mental illnesses. This paper reports on the outcomes for 309 patients referred by(More)
The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP) was established in Australia during 2007. The program enables mental health nurses to work in partnership with general practitioners (GPs) in the assessment and treatment of people with severe mental health problems. This paper provides insights into the demographic and clinical profile of 403 people(More)
The Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP) was established across Australia during 2007. Under the guidelines for the program, mental health nurses work in partnership with general practitioners (GPs) to assist in the assessment and treatment of those with more severe mental health problems. This paper provides insights, from the perspective of GPs,(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the outcomes for a group of elderly patients with mental illness following their discharge from a stand-alone psychiatric facility to seven extended care units (ECUs). METHOD All patients (n=60) who were relocated to the ECUs were assessed using a number of standardized clinical and general functioning instruments at 6 months and 6(More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate reactions of general practitioners (GPs) and their patients to the Mental Health Nurse Incentive Program (MHNIP). METHOD A descriptive, exploratory approach was employed using discussion groups with 25GPs and individual interviews with 19 patients receiving treatment through the MHNIP. All discussion groups and interviews were audio(More)