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Title: Client evaluation of a specialist inpatient parent-infant psychiatric service.
Austin Authors: Nair, Revi;Bilszta, Justin L C;Salam, Nilam;Shafira, Nadia;Buist, Anne 
Affiliation: Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 25-Oct-2010
Publication information: Australasian Psychiatry 2010; 18(6): 573-8
Abstract: The aim of this paper was to collect feedback on a specialist parent-infant psychiatric service in terms of client satisfaction with inpatient treatment, and the impact on health outcomes of providing written information about available support options in the community following discharge.Women (n = 37) from consecutive admissions between January 2006 and December 2007 were contacted by telephone and administered a service quality evaluation questionnaire.Women were happy with the quality of inpatient care provided but suggested areas of improvement included continuity of staff during the inpatient stay and better communication between inpatient and outpatient services post-discharge. At discharge, women were not confident with their ability in coping with motherhood but confidence with parenting skills increased post-discharge. Use of recommended post-discharge community support and/or health services was poor.As adherence with discharge recommendations was less than ideal, greater involvement of primary/community health care professionals, and active participation of clients and carers, in discharge planning is required. Increased emphasis on the practical skills of motherhood as well as opportunities to develop the mother-infant relationship may assist mothers in gaining confidence to interact with their baby and pick up infant cues.
Gov't Doc #: 20973618
DOI: 10.3109/10398562.2010.499946
Journal: Australasian Psychiatry
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Adult
Child Health Services.statistics & numerical data
Infant, Newborn
Inpatients.psychology.statistics & numerical data
Maternal-Child Health Centers.statistics & numerical data
Mental Disorders.diagnosis
Mental Health Services.statistics & numerical data
Patient Compliance.psychology
Patient Satisfaction.statistics & numerical data
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