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A quality improvement process for state mental health systems.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  1587508     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Continuous improvement of the quality of patient care is a major goal in state mental health systems, most of which operate several large hospitals and many community mental health centers geographically dispersed across the state. Although each facility may have an adequate quality assurance program, many opportunities for improvement are lost without integration of these efforts into a unified, statewide quality improvement system. The authors describe development of such a system in South Carolina and give examples of improvements in patient care that have taken place since the program was initiated in 1987. The activities of the central office of quality assurance include collecting and analyzing data about adverse incidents in state facilities, monitoring corrective actions, conducting annual surveys of operations at all state facilities, and investigating and coordinating resolution of complaints about patients' rights.
O N Evans; L R Faulkner; G L Hodo; D L Mahrer; J J Bevilacqua
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Hospital & community psychiatry     Volume:  43     ISSN:  0022-1597     ISO Abbreviation:  Hosp Community Psychiatry     Publication Date:  1992 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1992-06-23     Completed Date:  1992-06-23     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0040250     Medline TA:  Hosp Community Psychiatry     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  465-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
South Carolina Department of Mental Health, Columbia 29202.
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MeSH Terms
Community Mental Health Services / standards*
Hospitals, Psychiatric / standards*
Hospitals, State / standards*
Mental Disorders / psychology,  rehabilitation
Patient Care Team / standards,  trends
Public Health Administration / trends*
Quality Assurance, Health Care / organization & administration*
South Carolina

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