Evid Based Nurs 4:123
  • Quality assurance

Review: questionnaire feedback to clinicians improves recognition of psychiatric disorders in high risk patients but not in all patients in non-psychiatric settings

 QUESTION: Does feedback of results of routinely administered patient psychiatric questionnaires to clinicians improve the recognition, management, and outcomes of psychiatric disorders in non-psychiatric settings?

Data sources

Studies were identified by searching Medline (1966–2000), EMBASE/Excerpta Medica (1981–2000), CINAHL (1982–2000), PsycLIT (to 2000), and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register (to 2000); handsearching key journals; and reviewing bibliographies of retrieved papers.

Study selection

Randomised controlled trials were selected if patients were treated in non-psychiatric settings, the intervention involved the use of a standardised measure to screen for psychiatric symptoms in routine care and clinicians received feedback results, and the control condition involved routine care where clinicians did not receive feedback.

Data extraction

Data were extracted on study quality and outcomes. Main outcomes were recognition of, treatment or referral for, …

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