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A follow-up study of the use of a patient-held record in mental health

  • A. Stafford (a1), R. Laugharne (a2) and K. Gannon (a3)
Abstract
Aims and Method

Patient-held records have been introduced in mental health over the past 2 decades. This follow-up study aimed to evaluate one pilot project 5 years after the records were introduced. All patients initially interviewed 4 years previously were approached and asked about their use and opinion of the record.

Results

Of the 19 people interviewed, 12 were still using the record and had a positive opinion of its usefulness. Of all community mental health team contacts, 72% were recorded in the patient-held notes.

Clinical Implications

Patient-held records are sustainable in a naturalistic clinical setting over the period of 5 years.

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A follow-up study of the use of a patient-held record in mental health

  • A. Stafford (a1), R. Laugharne (a2) and K. Gannon (a3)
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