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Correspondence to: Stefan Weinmann, Department of Psychiatry II, BKH Guenzberg, University of Ulm, D-89312 Guenzberg, Germany; email@example.com
What are the effects of implementation of psychiatric guidelines on patient and provider outcomes?
Provider performance or patient outcomes.
MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane Trials Register, CINAHL and PsycINFO were searched in March 2006. Reference lists of guidelines and other publications and websites were searched to identify English and non-English studies. A hand search of a selection of journals published between 1996 and 2005 was also performed.
Study selection and analysis:
Randomised controlled trials (RCTs), non-randomised comparative studies, and before-and-after studies examining the effects of implementing psychiatric guidelines on either service provider performance or patient outcomes in a primary care or professional mental health setting were included. Exclusions: non-adult studies; specific diagnostic guidelines (for example, ICD-10 primary care guidelines); studies of more than one guideline; guidelines as only one component of a complex care programme; disease management programmes; illness awareness programmes; studies of integrated delivery or collaborative care. The …
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