Developing an efficient clinical information system for a comprehensive psychiatric institute: II. Initial evaluation form
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- Mezzich, J.E., Dow, J.T., Rich, C.L. et al. Behavior Research Methods & Instrumentation (1981) 13: 464. doi:10.3758/BF03202056
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This paper describes the objectives, design, organization, content, evaluation, and implementation of the initial evaluation form, first component of a comprehensive psychiatric institute’s clinical information system. Major features of this effort are the involvement of a large number of clinicians in the form’s development, the use of complementary narrative and standardized components, the use of an expanded DSM-III multiaxial diagnostic format, pilot testing with over 1,000 patients, the evaluation of the form’s usefulness and interrater reliability, the form’s computerization, facilitating data retrieval and coordination with other institutional data bases, and the form’s monitoring.