Quality assurance in the mental health department of the Israel Defense Forces

M. Mark, M. Z. Abramowitz, O. Intrator, E. Bodner, R. Shklar, H. Y. Knobler

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Abstract

A review of quality assurance in the mental health department of the Israel Defence Forces allowed the examination of certain unique elements of quality control which pertain to the military. These include the psychiatric medical board, the computerized documentation of appointments and sessions with soldiers, the psychiatric hospitalization database, control systems implemented in the draft boards, peer-review boards and supervision, and a special officer in charge of handling outside consultations and queries. There were other components of quality assurance and control as well. These instruments are vital in a dynamic system constantly striving to improve clinical performance. Future plans include the continued use and expansion of quality control boards, the inclusion of quality assurance in the curriculum of mental health officers, and the use of clinical guidelines in working with soldiers. All of this is in keeping with the principle of continuous quality improvement, with the aim of viewing the soldier in need of help as a client.

Original languageHebrew
Pages (from-to)349-352, 420, 419
JournalHarefuah
Volume136
Issue number5
StatePublished - 1 Mar 1999
Externally publishedYes

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