The Role of Outcomes Assessment in Clinical Quality Improvement

  • Ilse R. Wiechers
  • Anthony WeissEmail author
Part of the Current Clinical Psychiatry book series (CCPSY)


Although there has been a great deal of discussion about healthcare quality in recent years, the best way to identify high-quality healthcare remains a matter of some debate. Within the field of mental health, this debate is often focused on the optimal use of clinical rating scales and outcomes assessment tools. Much of the current thinking regarding the use of these scales is presented in this book. This chapter will provide the context for the use of these instruments as a core component of quality improvement efforts.


Outcomes Assessment Quality improvement Quality control 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryMassachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of PsychiatryMassachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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