Authors: John Farhall, James Campbell, Liz Joynson, Carol Harvey and Brendan O’Hanlon, VIC
Event: 2008 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Researching Outcomes, FAMILY/CARER ISSUES,RESEARCH, EVALUATION, QUALITY IMPROVEMENT
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Interventions involving family members and other carers have been shown to have a positive impact on both the consumer and their family. However, evidence-based programs are infrequent and there is little systematic data available about the nature of contacts that do occur. In order to describe the family work being done across five community mental health services in Melbourne, three methods of data collection about family work were used and compared in the baseline period of a project aiming to establish Behavioural Family Therapy in two of the centres. The methods were: a detailed audit of randomly selected files; a record of the services provided in family contacts completed by staff in a four-week sampling period; and, use of routine contact data. Each method of describing family work in the services had strengths and weaknesses.