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Clinical audit — a proposal

  • Brian Ferguson (a1)
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The best form of psychiatric audit would probably entail carrying out detailed structured interviews of mental state throughout treatment programmes in order to measure clinical effectiveness. In practice this is clearly impossible for busy routine services and will probably be confined to research initiatives. A number of units have attempted to carry out clinical audits subjectively but that clearly has the limitation of bias.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
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Clinical audit — a proposal

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