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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Nishad J. Nadkarni, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This is a collection of timely and seminal papers in the area of quality delivery of mental health services.
Purpose: Given the staggering proliferation of new somatic and therapeutic treatment models, a real need for precise definition and monitoring of both cost-efficient and effective therapies exists. Such definition and monitoring should be based on sound research and operationalization of relevant concepts.
Audience: Although the author does not specify a target audience, it is clear that all personnel involved with mental healthcare, from clinicians to administrators, will find it useful. It is written at an appropriate level to address this broad audience.
Features: This book takes a methodical approach to its intended subject, beginning with attempts to more precisely define the concept of quality within diverse contexts, through presenting research on outcomes measures. Supported by high-quality appendixes and algorithms, the book encourages a hands-on approach to the field. Specific projects demonstrating the integration between clinical skills and medical economics are introduced, for example mental healthcare delivery in the elderly.
Assessment: This is a tremendously important addition to the field of mental health delivery. Of specific worth is the clearly unbiased and balanced approach taken by the authors, each of whom have extensive experience in this area. Recognition of the need to more precisely objectify and quantify the myriad of therapeutic interventions in terms of efficacy and cost-efficiency is the first step towards stronger service delivery. This book should be a must-read by administrators and clinicians alike.