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An evaluation of a managed clinical network for personality disorder: breaking new ground or top dressing?
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PMID:  20874816     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
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RATIONALE, AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: This article describes an evaluation of an innovative managed clinical network in the UK. The purpose of the network was to establish a better-coordinated service for those with personality disorder. The network was evaluated with regard to the extent it met its stated and implied outcomes; the process whereby it was established and operated; and the views of the various stakeholders involved. Managed clinical networks are briefly reviewed.
METHODS: Methods to gather evaluation data included documentary analysis, the use of specially devised tools to assess partnership, staff development needs and record keeping, and interviews.
RESULTS: While the network had achieved its objectives to establish new operational structures and communication networks and staff showed a high level of commitment, it was unclear whether the network had maintained or improved the clinical service. Record keeping for assessment and clinical intervention was at an early stage and there was a need for more systematic use of assessment instruments and data management systems. The creation of a new category of staff - the Network coordinator - raised problems of delivery and staff development.
CONCLUSIONS: On the basis of this evaluation and at this stage of one network's development it is concluded that the benefits of a managed clinical network remain theoretical rather than proven.
Authors:
Elaine Hogard; Roger Ellis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-09-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of evaluation in clinical practice     Volume:  16     ISSN:  1365-2753     ISO Abbreviation:  J Eval Clin Pract     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-12-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9609066     Medline TA:  J Eval Clin Pract     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1147-56     Citation Subset:  IM    
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© 2010 Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
Affiliation:
Evaluation Research, University of Chester, Chester, UK. e.hogard@chester.ac.uk
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