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

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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?

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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.

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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 …

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  • Source of funding: no external funding.

  • For correspondence: Dr S M Gilbody, Academic Unit of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, 15 Hyde Terrace, Leeds LS2 9LT, UK. Fax +44 (0)113 243 3719. s.m.gilbody{at}