Quality assurance and quality of care: II. Monitoring treatment.


The absence of meaningful linkages between quality assurance programs and quality of care has alienated them from each other, especially in psychiatry, where standards of care and process and outcome of treatment are vaguely defined and vigorously debated. This paper describes several factors contributing to the gap between quality assurance and quality of care as well as a treatment-monitoring process that attempts to bridge the gap. The form and review process described are criteria-based and concurrent, and they use methodology that both assesses documentation and promotes an interactive clinical review. Preliminary data that demonstrate the clinical usefulness of the process and its impact on a treatment service are presented.

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@article{Munich1990QualityAA, title={Quality assurance and quality of care: II. Monitoring treatment.}, author={Richard L. Munich and Brad Hurley and Jill Delaney}, journal={The Psychiatric hospital}, year={1990}, volume={21 2}, pages={71-7} }