What if a key to improving access to mental health care is actually technology?
Today, approximately 1 in 5 adults - or 45 million people - in the US will experience psychiatric illness, yet we still lack access to consolidated, high quality mental health care. Robert Accordino, Chief Mental Health Officer at Quartet, believes that we can leverage technology to facilitate interaction between primary care providers, mental health providers, and patients to provide high quality, holistic care. Watch Robert’s TEDMED 2018 Hive Talk to learn how Quartet is integrating care of the mind with care of the body to improve mental health care for patients.
WHO: Improving the physical health of people with severe mental disorders
People with severe mental disorders – including severe depression, bipolar disorder and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia – generally die 10-20 years earlier than the general population. The majority of these premature deaths are due to physical health conditions. Access to comprehensive health services remain out of reach for the majority of people with severe mental disorders. To help address this inequity, WHO has released, for the first time, evidence-based guidelines on the management of physical conditions in adults with severe mental disorders.
How digital technology can be used to improve mental health services for patients and staff
This film features frontline staff from Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust explaining how they are using technology to improve the quality of the care they provide to their service users.
NHS-led Provider Collaboratives: improving mental health, learning disability & autism services
A film to explain the upcoming changes to how Mental Health, Learning Disability and Autism services will be delivered. This film outlines what provider collaboratives are. It also explains who will be involved in them and how patients, those that care for them and other experts by experience continue to play an important part in deciding how Mental Health, Learning disability and Autism services will be delivered in the future.
Patient safety after implementation of a coproduced family centered communication programme
Communication failures are a leading root cause of the most serious harmful medical errors, which are a leading cause of death and harm in patients worldwide. New research evaluated a standardized communication structure to reduce those errors. They found that, although overall errors were unchanged, harmful medical errors decreased and family experience and communication processes improved after implementation of a structured communication intervention for family centered rounds coproduced by families, nurses, and physicians. Family centered care processes may improve safety and quality of care without negatively impacting teaching or duration of rounds.
Expert interview: Helen Bevan – large-scale change
Helen Bevan (chief of service transformation at NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement) met us at the International Forum on Quality and Safety in Healthcare 2013 (http://internationalforum.bmj.com/) to discuss the challenges of making large-scale change