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Volume 21, issue 3

Review article

Tools for evaluation of mental health services

Magdalena Ciałkowska-Kuźmińska1, Andrzej Kiejna1
1. Katedra i Klinika Psychiatrii, Akademia Medyczna im. Piastów Śląskich, Wrocław
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2012; 21(3): 207–215
Keywords: mental health services, quality of health care

Abstract

Background. In this paper The International Classification of Mental Health Care (ICMHC), The European Services Mapping Schedule (ESMS), World Health Organization – Assessment Instrument for Mental Health Systems (WHO-AIMS) and The Quality Indicator for Rehabilitative Care (QuIRC) were presented as tools useful in the analysis of mental health services in Poland.
Review. Information about the mental health system is essential for mental health care planning at the local and national levels. Unfortunately, no systematic analyses concerning the structure and provision of mental health services are conducted in Poland. Therefore, it is difficult to evaluate the process of mental health care provision. The likely cause of this situation – besides systemic and political issues – is the limited knowledge about evaluation tools, while appropriate use of such tools allows to analyze not only the direction of changes introduced in the field of mental health care, but also adequacy and/or quality of mental health services.
Conclusions. Application of the presented tools might help to monitor progress in the implementation of mental health policy reforms in Poland, the more so that continuous evaluation of mental health services would prevent deterioration of their quality.

Address for correspondence:
dr n. med. Magdalena Ciałkowska-Kuźmińska
Katedra i Klinika Psychiatrii Akademii Medycznej im. Piastów Śląskich
ul. Pasteura 10, 50-367 Wrocław
tel. 71-7841600
e-mail: magdalena.cialkowska-kuzminska@am.wroc.pl