Development of an optically scanned Consultation-Liaison data base

F. Patrick McKegney, Charles E. Schwartz, Mary A. O'Dowd, Itamar Salamon, Robert Kennedy

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Abstract

Every clinical service must record certain data about its patient care activities. In low-volume services, such as Psychiatric Inpatient Services, with perhaps 20-30 admissions per month, and an average patient stay of 2-4 weeks, a large amount of data on each patient can be obtained during the contact time with the patient. On the other hand, very large-volume psychiatric services, such as Emergency and Consultation-Liaison (C-L) Services, may not need or be able to gather such a large amount of data on every patient seen. This article describes the development of a brief, optically scannable, and computerized minimal data base form for patients seen by a very large division of C-L Psychiatry. The system is feasible and easily auditable for completeness and reliability. This data base has already served many important functions beyond providing an administrative statistical summary of services rendered. It is presented as a model for the development of similarly efficient data collection methods for other high-volume psychiatric services.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)71-76
Number of pages6
JournalGeneral Hospital Psychiatry
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1990

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Development of an optically scanned Consultation-Liaison data base. / McKegney, F. Patrick; Schwartz, Charles E.; O'Dowd, Mary A.; Salamon, Itamar; Kennedy, Robert.

In: General Hospital Psychiatry, Vol. 12, No. 2, 1990, p. 71-76.

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McKegney, F. Patrick ; Schwartz, Charles E. ; O'Dowd, Mary A. ; Salamon, Itamar ; Kennedy, Robert. / Development of an optically scanned Consultation-Liaison data base. In: General Hospital Psychiatry. 1990 ; Vol. 12, No. 2. pp. 71-76.
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