Clinical Evaluations & Research

clinical evaluations & research

Perth Clinic’s Clinical Improvement Team had its origins in 1996 from a collaboration between staff at Perth Clinic and the School of Psychology in the University of Western Australia. The collaboration consolidated over the intervening years and the team has grown to include staff from Perth Clinic (representing the therapy team and nursing), referring psychiatrists, university staff and students (over the years involving six doctoral level students and eight masters students in clinical psychology and occupational therapy), as well as international visitors.

The aim of Perth Clinic is to provide the best in psychiatric care and therefore the mission of the Clinical Improvement Team is consistent with that aim. The Clinical Improvement Team aims to evaluate clinical processes and outcomes to provide an evidence base for the psychiatric care provided. The evaluations are located in a cycle of accountability in which data are collected and evaluated, based on those evaluations changes are made and re-evaluated, outcomes are reported to staff and other relevant stakeholders in a continuous quality improvement cycle.

how does this help patients?

At Perth Clinic we aim to help patients get better faster. Understanding the needs of each person and tracking their treatment progress assists us to make sure that treatment outcomes are maximised.

Our unique patient monitoring system has been developed with world experts. This system relies on the active participation of each patient, and with their consent, their supporters/carers. It uses internationally recognised patient assessment and outcome measures to provide evidence of treatment progress and areas for improvement. Using these tools Perth Clinic has been able to demonstrate effective treatment and good outcomes for our patients in a shorter period of time. For further information view our model of patient care.

grants received

Perth Clinic’s Clinical Improvement Team has been supported by grants from a variety of sources including the following:

  • A mental health “thermometer” to monitor and prevent adverse treatment outcomes and self-harm among psychiatric inpatients. Australian Research Council Linkage Grant
  • Extension and Evaluation of a ‘Wellbeing Thermometer’. HBF Innovation Fund.
  • Developing a “Wellbeing Thermometer” to Monitor Negative Outcomes in Mental Health. Medibank Private Safety and Clinical Improvement Incentive Pool.
  • selected peer review publications

    Perth Clinic not only strives to provide the highest quality care, but it seeks to contribute what is learned to the international community. To this end, the ways that evaluations are used to benefit patient outcomes have been published in peer-reviewed journals in Australia and overseas. Some of these publications are listed.

    1. Newnham, E. A., Doyle, E. L., Sng, A. H., Hooke, G. R., & Page, A. C. (2012). Improving clinical outcomes in psychiatric care with touch-screen technology. Psychological Services, 9 (2), 221–223.
    2. Byrne, S. L., Hooke, G. R., Newnham, E. A., & Page, A. C. (2012). The effects of progress monitoring on subsequent readmission to psychiatric care: A six-month follow-up. Journal of Affective Disorders, 137 (1), 113-116.
    3. Caddy, E., Crawford, F., & Page, A. C. (2012). Painting a path to wellness: Correlations between participating in a creative activity group and improved measured mental health outcome. Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, 19, 327–333. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2011.01785.x
    4. Page, A. C., & Hooke, A. C. (2011). Effectiveness of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy modified for inpatients with depression. International Scholarly Research Network Psychiatry, Article ID 461265, 7 pages, doi:10.5402/2012/461265
    5. Newnham, E. A., Hooke, G. R., & Page, A. C. (2010). Patient monitoring and feedback in psychiatric care reduces depressive symptoms. Journal of Affective Disorders, 127, 139-146.
    6. Morris-Yates, A., & Page, A. C. (2010). Routine measurement of outcomes by Australian private hospital–based psychiatric services. In T. Trauer (Ed.) Outcome measurement in mental health (pp. 149-163). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
    7. Newnham, E. A., & Page, A. C. (2010). Bridging the gap between best evidence and best practice in mental health. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 127-142.
    8. Hope, M. L., Page, A. C., & Hooke, G. R. (2009). The value of adding quality of life measures to assessments of outcomes in mental health. Quality of Life Research, 18, 647–655.
    9. Page, A. C., & Hooke, G. R. (2009). Increased attendance in inpatient group psychotherapy improves patient outcomes. Psychiatric Services, 60, 426–428.

    A full listing is available from Perth Clinic.