Authors: John Farhall, Robyn Humphries, Mary Macrae, Allan Pinches, Noel Renouf, Shaymaa Elkadi, Suzanne Vilé, VIC
Event: 2003 TheMHS Conference
Subject: Evaluating Practice
Type of resource: Conference Presentations and Papers
Abstract: Clinical Practice Guidelines distil research evidence about treatment of mental health problems into specific recommendations for treatment. However, there are few demonstration projects reporting effective ways of utilising such guidelines within mental health services. In the setting of a large public sector adult mental health organisation, we have developed a quality improvement project that is using Clinical Practice Guidelines as a catalyst for engaging clinicians, managers, consumers and carers in identifying gaps between recommended and current practice and for choosing service improvement priorities. Following a service-wide education and awareness-raising phase, a pilot area mental health service has completed 9 “Gap Identification Workshops” and identified family interventions as the most important gap between Guidelines for schizophrenia and current practice. The workshops involved 107 staff, consumers and carers. Planning is now underway for service improvements to redress the identified gaps.