With the emphasis in the 1980s on effectiveness and efficiency in health services, evaluation of practice was increasingly important. This was particularly true of mental health, where many practices were poorly evaluated and therefore might have been of questionable validity.
Originally published in 1987, this book reviews the state of evaluative research of mental health programmes at the time, showing how practices can be evaluated and hence improved. A multidisciplinary group of authors, covering psychiatry, clinical psychology, psychiatric nursing, social work and other ‘therapies’, describe previous studies and applications in each discipline, before detailing a case study of their own evaluative work. The book will still have something to offer all professionals concerned with improving the quality of their work in the mental health area.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Introduction 1. Derek Milne Evaluating Mental Health Practice: An Introduction 2. Derek Milne Problems and Solutions in Evaluation Part 2: Reviews and Illustrations 3. David Edwards Evaluation in Art Therapy 4. Gail Bernstein Evaluation in Clinical/Occupational Psychology: Employment Training Programmes for Adults with Developmental Disabilities 5. Peter Higson Evaluation in Clinical Psychology: Evaluating Behavioural Interventions in Psychiatric Hospitals 6. Derek Milne Evaluation in Clinical Psychology: Outcome Evaluation of a Routine Clinical Psychology Service 7. David Skidmore Evaluation in Community Psychiatric Nursing 8. Roger Grainger Evaluation in Drama Therapy 9. Philip Barker Evaluation in Nursing: The Nurse as Behaviour Therapist 10. Margaret Nicol Evaluation in Occupational Therapy 11. Ian Falloon, Greg Wilkinson, Judith Burgess, Sheila McLees Evaluation in Psychiatry: Planning, Developing and Evaluating Community-based Mental Health Services for Adults 12. Eileen Gambrill Evaluation in Social Work Part 3: Conclusion 13. Derek Milne Discussion and Conclusions. Index