Linda Gask reviews a recent randomised controlled trial on the clinical efficacy of a Decision Support Tool (Link-me) to “guide the intensity of mental health care in primary practice”.[read the full story...]
Research unit to bring evidence to forefront of mental health policy
Today we announce the launch of the new NIHR Mental Health Policy Research Unit, led by Sonia Johnson from UCL & Paul McCrone from King’s, alongside researchers from City, University of London and Middlesex University.[read the full story...]
Mental health expenditure associated with higher quality care and better service user experience
Kwame McKensie publishes his debut Mental Elf blog on a recent cross-sectional study, which explores the relationship between national mental health expenditure and quality of care in longer-term psychiatric and social care facilities in Europe.
This is the fourth in a new series of Mental Elf blogs produced in partnership with the British Journal of Psychiatry.[read the full story...]
Quality of general hospital care through the liaison psychiatry lens?
Kirsten Lawson explores a recent study of liaison psychiatry professionals’ views of general hospital care for patients with mental illness.[read the full story...]
Bridging the gap between mental and physical healthcare in general hospitals #TreatAsOne
Kirsten Lawson presents the findings and recommendations of the recent National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death #TreatAsOne report.[read the full story...]
What is happening to the quality of care in care homes during times of austerity?
Mike Clark looks at a study of 12 different nursing homes on how quality of care is affected by financial cutbacks.[read the full story...]
CQC State of Care Report and research for quality improvement: Elves mine the archive
Sarah Carr takes a look at CQC’s State of Adult Social Care Report 2014/15 and corrals the elves in to mine the Social Care Elf archive for some research blogs to help adults social care providers improve services quality.[read the full story...]
Satisfaction with orthodontic treatment
This review of satisfaction with orthodontic treatment included 18 questionnaire-based studies, involving 2891 patients and 464 parents. Based on the available limited evidence, satisfaction was associated with perceived aesthetic outcomes, psychological benefits, and the quality of care.[read the full story...]
Risk assessment tool in acute hospitals reported to contribute to improvement in health outcomes for people with learning disabilities
We recently posted about the publication of the final report of the confidential inquiry into premature deaths in people with learning disabilities. The Inquiry found 43% of the deaths of people with learning disabilities were unexpected and for a substantial number, there was significant difficulty or delay in diagnosis, investigation or specialist referral. The Inquiry [read the full story…]
Dental care provision by auxilary dental providers
The aim of this review was to evaluate the existing evidence in relation to the safety, quality, productivity or cost-benefit, and patient satisfaction of the procedures performed by the different groups of dental providers. The authors searched the Cochrane, Medline, Embase, and PubMed databases. They included 4 papers that addressed safety , 9 for quality [read the full story…]