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Guidelines reduce time to consultation for a liaison psychiatry service in an Irish teaching hospital.
Lyne, J; O'Donoghue, B; Bonnar, M; Golden, D; Burke, P; Hill, M; Kinsella, A; McInerney, C; Callanan, I; Ryan, M
BACKGROUND: Timeliness of response from referral to consultation is necessary to provide best standards of care to inpatients in the general hospital setting. AIMS: To measure the length of time from referral to consultation in a liaison psychiatry service, and improve service delivery by introducing guidelines for time to consultation. METHODS: Time to consultation was measured on all patients presenting to a liaison psychiatry consultation service over an initial 6-month period, with subsequent repeat measurement following the introduction of guidelines. RESULTS: There were significant reductions for time to consultation in the service for the second cycle of the audit (χ(2) = 43.84, P < 0.001), and targets based on international standards were achieved. CONCLUSIONS: Introduction of guidelines for time to consultation, may improve response times, leading to improved quality of service for inpatient consultation services. Timeliness of response from referral to consultation is necessary to provide best standards of care to inpatients in the general hospital setting. To measure the length of time from referral to consultation in a liaison psychiatry service, and improve service delivery by introducing guidelines for time to consultation. Time to consultation was measured on all patients presenting to a liaison psychiatry consultation service over an initial 6-month period, with subsequent repeat measurement following the introduction of guidelines. There were significant reductions for time to consultation in the service for the second cycle of the audit (χ(2) = 43.84, P < 0.001), and targets based on international standards were achieved. Introduction of guidelines for time to consultation, may improve response times, leading to improved quality of service for inpatient consultation services.
Keyword(s): MENTAL DISORDERS DIAGNOSIS; TEACHING STANDARDS; HOSPITALS; IRELAND; REFERRAL AND CONSULTATION STANDARDS
Publication Date:
2012
Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Contributor(s): Department of Psychiatry, St. Vincent's University Hospital, Elm Park, Dublin 4, Ireland. johnlyne@mail.com
Institution: Lenus
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