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From The CriticsReviewer: Daniel Loiterstein, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book is the compilation of two American Psychiatric Association (APA) reports on quality indicators in psychiatric care. The APA Board of Trustees approved the original Report of the Task Force on Quality Indicators in March 1999. The Report of the Task Force on Quality Indicators for Children was approved in October 2001.
Purpose: The APA Task Force on Quality Indicators was established in September 1997 to produce a framework of clinical quality indicaqtors and illustrations of the indicators in the context of psychiatric and substance abuse treatment. The authors are successful in providing a base for ongoing work in the field of quality evaluation. Measurement of quality within medicine and psychiatry is a developing concept with many competing opinions.
Audience: The reports are primarily written for those interested in the evaluation of care in psychiatry. This diverse group may include accrediting organizations, government agencies, insurance companies, managed care organizations, administrators, physicians, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and others who are involved with the psychiatric care of adults and children. The authors of the report are the members of the task force apppointed by the APA executive committee. They come from diverse backgrounds and practice situations.
Features: The book contains each of the original reports as approved by the executive committee of the APA. Each report contains an executive summary, the report, appropriate references, a useful index of abbreviations and acronyms, and an index of quality indicators organized by topic. A separate, comprehensive index for each report is at the end of the book.
Assessment: The two reports contained in this book attempt to provide a famework for quantitative measures in the field of psychiatry. The value of the book lies in communicating the positions of the APA. There is much debate within psychiatry about this subject and this book contains none of that dissension. Updated reports will be essential, as there is much ongoing research and discourse on this controversial subject.