Journal article

Predictors for clinical deterioration of mental state in patients assessed by telephone-based mental health triage

Natisha Sands, Stephen Elsom, Rebecca Corbett, Sandra Keppich-Arnold, Roshani Prematunga, Michael Berk, Julie Considine

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF MENTAL HEALTH NURSING | WILEY | Published : 2017

Abstract

Patient safety research focussing on recognizing and responding to clinical deterioration is gaining momentum in generalist health, but has received little attention in mental health settings. The focus on early identification and prompt intervention for clinical deterioration enshrined in patient safety research is equally relevant to mental health, especially in triage and crisis care contexts, yet the knowledge gap in this area is substantial. The present study was a controlled cohort study (n = 817) that aimed to identify patient and service characteristics associated with clinical deterioration of mental state indicated by unplanned admission to an inpatient psychiatric unit following a..

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