Improving Health Services for Veterans With Schizophrenia
|Study Design:||Time Perspective: Prospective|
|Official Title:||Improving Health Services for Veterans With Schizophrenia|
|Study Completion Date:||March 2003|
Schizophrenia exacts a high toll on the lives of patients and their families and constitutes a major health care cost. VISN 5 has placed special emphasis on improving care for veterans with severe mental disorders, an effort recently recognized by the VA as a Program of Excellence in the Care of Seriously Mentally Ill Veterans.
This study is implementing a set of promising QOC methods for assessing QOC for schizophrenia in routine settings, using the evidence-based treatment recommendations developed under the AHCPR/NIMH-sponsored Schizophrenia Patient Outcomes Research Team (PORT).
A random sample of 350 persons with a schizophrenia spectrum disorder is being drawn from the VISN 5 sites. Patients must have more than one outpatient contact during the preceding six months. Each subject will participate in two one-hour interviews, one at baseline and another six months later. An informant, psychiatrist, therapist, etc. will also be interviewed to help validate participant response.
Project work is ongoing.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00012961
|United States, Maryland|
|Baltimore VA Medical Center VA Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore, MD|
|Baltimore, Maryland, United States, 21201|
|Principal Investigator:||Alan S. Bellack, PhD||Baltimore VA Medical Center VA Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore, MD|