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Quality of care

What is quality of care?

Quality of care refers to the standards of treatment provided to people with schizophrenia. This topic considers not only the availability of various types of treatment, but also the factors influencing successful treatment outcomes in physical and mental health-care models.

What is the evidence for quality of care?

Moderate quality evidence suggests the essential structural indicators for ensuring the delivery of high quality health care include the assessment of psychiatric and physical co-occurring disorders, the length of hospitalisation, employment outcomes, and information exchange. Essential indicators for patient-related assessment of treatment outcomes include the frequency of access to psychiatric care, frequency of inpatient re-admission, frequency of antipsychotic polypharmacy, long-term monitoring of antipsychotic side effects, and frequency of involuntary admissions. People with schizophrenia who have cardiac problems may be less likely to receive a cardiac procedure (revascularization, angiogram or reperfusion) than cardiac patients without schizophrenia. People with schizophrenia may also be less likely to be prescribed cardiac medication (ACE inhibitors), and if diagnosed with a cardiac illness, they have an increased risk of mortality compared with people without schizophrenia.


March 2016

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