An Australian collaborative research network: Building the evidence for inpatient psychiatry

Robert Allison, Tarun Bastiampillai, Cherrie Galletly, Michael Nance

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    Abstract

    Australian consultant psychiatrists and trainees working in inpatient services are dedicated to providing the highest quality of care for patients during their hospital stays. While community psychiatry is the first line of treatment, inpatient psychiatry also has a crucial role. Patients and families rely on acute inpatient services during highly stressful times when a severe mental illness increases the potential for suicide or violence.

    However, increasing hospital demand and limited resources are impacting Australia’s inpatient services. Psychiatrists are responding with new philosophies and innovative work practices to offer decisive treatment as efficiently as possible. New clinical expertise is being developed around the country.

    A national research network could build the empirical evidence for inpatient services, leading to evidence-based advocacy so that Australian psychiatrists can continue providing the highest quality care.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)845-845
    Number of pages1
    JournalAustralian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
    Volume51
    Issue number8
    Early online date17 Jan 2017
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

    Keywords

    • inpatient psychiatry
    • collaborative research network
    • evidence-based advocacy

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