The Clinical Governance Research and Development Unit has released a new audit protocol on Primary Care of People with Schizophrenia. In the past, large numbers of practices have used other protocols from CGRDU to monitor and improve performance. Schizophrenia is an important topic for audit since there is evidence about effective forms of management but care is not always in accordance with this evidence.
The protocol is intended for primary care and community mental health care teams. It includes nine criteria based on a review of the research evidence. They are prioritised into 'must do' and 'should do' criteria according to the strength of the evidence and impact on outcome, and address topics that include diagnosis, regular review and medication.
The new audit also includes full instructions and data collection forms. It is being issued to primary care audit groups, but may be purchased by practices, primary care groups, community mental health teams and health authorities.
Practices can obtain copies of the audit protocol from their local Primary Care Audit Group or direct from the Clinical Governance Research and Development Unit - cost £10.
Please write to:
Clinical Governance Research and Development Unit, Department of General Practice and Primary Health Care, University of Leicester, Leicester General Hospital, Gwendolen Road, Leicester, LE5 4PW.
Tel: 0116 258 4873, Fax: 0116 258 4982, Email: email@example.com
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