Journal article

Guidelines reduce time to consultation for a liaison psychiatry service in an Irish teaching hospital

J Lyne, B O'Donoghue, M Bonnar, D Golden, P Burke, M Hill, A Kinsella, C McInerney, I Callanan, M Ryan

IRISH JOURNAL OF MEDICAL SCIENCE | SPRINGER LONDON LTD | Published : 2012

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Timeliness of response from referral to consultation is necessary to provide best standards of care to inpatients in the general hospital setting. AIMS: To measure the length of time from referral to consultation in a liaison psychiatry service, and improve service delivery by introducing guidelines for time to consultation. METHODS: Time to consultation was measured on all patients presenting to a liaison psychiatry consultation service over an initial 6-month period, with subsequent repeat measurement following the introduction of guidelines. RESULTS: There were significant reductions for time to consultation in the service for the second cycle of the audit (χ(2) = 43.84, P < 0..

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