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Computer-Based Monitoring of Clinical Care in a Public Psychiatric Hospital Unit
John E. Overall; Louis A. Faillace; Howard M. Rhoades; Susan R. Johnson; Nora Volkow; Marvin A. Stone; Scott Cecil
Psychiatric Services 1987; doi:
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The authors acknowledge with appreciation the contributions of Kevin Johnson, M.A., in the role of data management assistant and Delores Mulvey for manuscript preparation.

Department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences of the University of Texas Medical School at Houston

American Psychiatric Association

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A computer-based clinical monitoring system on a 40-bed university hospital psychiatric unit provides documentation to justify clinicians' diagnosis and choice of treatment and facilitates evaluation of patients' progress at scheduled intervals. The micro-computer system was developed to meet state guidelines for monitoring patients receiving neuroleptic drug treatment. A weekly status report generated for each patient alerts the treating physician to cases in which data do not justify clinical decisions, identifies potential problems, and suggests considering for discharge patients whose symptoms have sufficiently abated. The system is also useful in supervision and research.

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