“The ANQ measurements relating to psychiatry involve real patient-specific parameters, something that is extremely welcome.”
Do you evaluate ANQ results in-house?
Yes, we distribute the ANQ publications in-house. We particularly look at RMs over the course of the year. In our ‘Innovationsprogramm offene Psychiatrie’ project group designed to promote more openness in psychiatry, we analyse the figures every three months, which I then summarise and report to the management committees.
Speaking of home treatment, your hospital has recently published a study on this.
The study was designed by my predecessor; I was only involved in the final part.
It also dealt with ways in which we can extend the comparison of quality. The study used HoNOS as a core indicator to identify changes. Successfully too. It makes complete sense for use to proceed in this way because we collect the ANQ data anyway. And it’s also reliable, especially since we are already proficient in using the HoNOS rating scale.
So are the ANQ’s HoNOS and BSCL indicators suitable for use in connection with hospital outpatient care?
Yes, and I think it’s right that we not only undertake reviews at the hospital level, but over the whole of outpatient care too. At the very least this needs to be taken into consideration, as in Switzerland in the case of the latter, the emphasis is placed on psychiatrists in their own practice. Institutions’ outpatient clinics have a complementary function and complement social psychiatry facilities that provide psychiatrists, psychologists, healthcare professionals and social workers.