Accession Number : ADA130439

Title :   The Need for a Comprehensive Mental Health Information System. 1. Data Requirements of Local Clinicians and Administrators in Navy Psychiatry.

Descriptive Note : Initial rept.,


Personal Author(s) : Chaffee,R Blake ; Sears,H J T

PDF Url : ADA130439

Report Date : Jul 1980

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : There is an urgent need for the development of a comprehensive mental health information system to meet the data requirements of local clinicians and administrators. Present reporting systems are of little use for management or clinical decisions and existing records tend to be incomplete and inaccurate. Referral, diagnosis, treatment, and outcome are inadequately documented, and the nature and range of clinicians' activities are not reflected. A comprehensive mental health information system would permit analysis of referral sources, patient characteristics, services provided, disposition, and post-treatment follow-up leading to improved health care delivery. Medical audit and utilization review would be facilitated. Also, satisfaction, effectiveness, and retention of medical Department personnel would be enhanced.

Descriptors :   *Mental health, *Information systems, *Clinical medicine, *Computer aided diagnosis, Data bases, Data processing, Management information systems, Psychiatry, Decision making, Problem solving, Standardization, Data management, Operational effectiveness, Efficiency, Optimization, Man computer interface

Subject Categories : Administration and Management

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE