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Evaluation of a client held record introduced by a community mental health team

  • Anna Stafford (a1) and Richard Laugharne (a2)
Abstract

A client held record for patients with long-term mental illness was introduced by a community mental health team in east London. The record was evaluated by asking the opinions of 45 patients and examining how their client record had been used. Over 80% of the patients found the record and the information it contained useful, 74% of contacts were recorded in the booklet and the client held record had begun to be used by many professionals for purposes other than appointments and medication. A client held record can increase patient involvement in care and help communication between professionals.

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Correspondence: The Royal London Hospital (St Clement's), 2A Bow Road, London E3 4LL
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Evaluation of a client held record introduced by a community mental health team

  • Anna Stafford (a1) and Richard Laugharne (a2)
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