Monitoring Treatment Results of Psychiatric Patients: Do Different Objectives Need Different Designs and Implementations?

Hans Landsheer, Tom van Wel


In this paper, we review a monitoring study in a psychiatric institution in the Netherlands. A first objective was to create a useful feedback system for clinicians in their daily practice with individual patients. The second main objective was the evaluation and feedback for the department as a whole. For these objectives, differences in the content of measurements, necessary frequency of measurements and the need for standardization and possibilities for aggregation are considered. In our view, different monitoring objectives are best served with different designs and implementations. We conclude that this monitoring study failed as a feedback instrument, while the evaluation of the department was more successful. The clinical relevance of measurements and the yield of monitoring for the clinical professional need improvements.


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