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Developing a local shared care protocol for managing people with psychotic illness in primary care

  • Helen Snowden (a1) and Sarah Marriott (a1)
Abstract
Aims and Method

The National Service Framework sets standards to improve the treatment of mental health on a national level, and requires the development of localised shared care protocols. We aimed to develop a shared care protocol for use in local National Health Service (NHS) services, based on best practice guidelines and local consensus. A systematic literature search used three databases and the advice of a clinical expert. Articles satisfying the search inclusion criteria were retrieved and appraised. Clinical recommendations from well-designed regional and national documents relevant to all aspects of the management of psychotic illness in primary care were compared and contrasted by a facilitated group involving primary and secondary care clinicians who drafted the final recommendations. A multi-agency steering group guided the work.

Results

Twenty-two articles were retrieved, of which nine reached the criteria for inclusion. The protocol provided a comprehensive range of recommendations regarding detection, assessment, management, referral and shared working with local mental health services.

Clinical Implications

Using local clinical consensus to resolve uncertainty about conflicting clinical recommendations from a series of well-designed guidelines was an effective method for adapting clinical guidelines to local circumstances.

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Developing a local shared care protocol for managing people with psychotic illness in primary care

  • Helen Snowden (a1) and Sarah Marriott (a1)
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