Handover of patient information from the crisis assessment and treatment team to the inpatient psychiatric unit.

Waters,A, Sands,N, Keppich-Arnold,S and Henderson,K 2015, Handover of patient information from the crisis assessment and treatment team to the inpatient psychiatric unit., International Journal of Mental Health Nursing, vol. 24, no. 3, pp. 193-202, doi: 10.1111/inm.12102.

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Title Handover of patient information from the crisis assessment and treatment team to the inpatient psychiatric unit.
Author(s) Waters,A
Journal name International Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Volume number 24
Issue number 3
Start page 193
End page 202
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Richmond, Vic
Publication date 2015-06
ISSN 1447-0349
Keyword(s) crisis assessment treatment team
inpatient psychiatric unit
mental health
Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Summary Handover, or the communication of patient information between clinicians, is a fundamental component of health care. Psychiatric settings are dynamic environments relying on timely and accurate communication to plan care and manage risk. Crisis assessment and treatment teams are the primary interface between community and mental health services in many Australian and international health services, facilitating access to assessment, treatment, and admission to hospital. No previous research has investigated the handover between crisis assessment and treatment teams and inpatient psychiatric units, despite the importance of handover to care planning. The aim of the present study was to identify the nature and types of information transferred during these handovers, and to explore how these guides initial care planning. An observational, exploratory study design was used. A 20-item handover observation tool was used to observe 19 occasions of handover. A prospective audit was undertaken on clinical documentation arising from the admission. Clinical information, including psychiatric history and mental state, were handed over consistently; however, information about consumer preferences was reported less consistently. The present study identified a lack of attention to consumer preferences at handover, despite the current focus on recovery-oriented models for mental health care, and the centrality of respecting consumer preferences within the recovery paradigm.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/inm.12102
Field of Research 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 920210 Nursing
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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