Handbook of Quality Assurance in Mental Health

  • George Stricker
  • Alex R. Rodriguez

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
  3. General Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 37-37
    2. Kenneth B. Wells, Robert H. Brook
      Pages 39-63
    3. Lawrence H. Cohen
      Pages 65-79
    4. Lee Sechrest, Abram Rosenblatt
      Pages 81-101
    5. Russell J. Bent
      Pages 103-136
    6. Agnes B. Hatfield, H. Bernard Smith
      Pages 169-183
  4. Level of Care

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 219-219
    2. Jack A. Wolford
      Pages 221-245
    3. Sharon A. Shueman, Warwick G. Troy
      Pages 265-282
  5. Administrative Structure

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 283-283
    2. Patrick H. Deleon, Joan G. Willens, J. Jarrett Clinton, Gary R. Vandenbos
      Pages 285-309
    3. Donald N. Bersoff, Kit Kinports
      Pages 311-329
    4. Judy E. Hall
      Pages 331-362
    5. William J. Chestnut, Nancy Lane-Pales, Elizabeth Meid
      Pages 385-399
    6. Robert S. Long
      Pages 401-419
  6. Mental Health Programs

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 439-439
    2. Sharon A. Shueman, Norman R. Penner
      Pages 441-453
    3. Lorraine L. Luft, Donald E. Newman
      Pages 455-466
    4. Beth Egan O’Keefe, Joseph N. Cress
      Pages 487-500
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 501-509

About this book


professional-standards-review organizations (PSRO) in defining quality of care for the Medicare program; it is a "shared responsibility of health professionals and government to provide a reasonable basis for confidence that action will be taken, both to assess whether services meet professionally recognized standards and to correct any deficiencies that may be found" (p. 14). Similar pronouncements have been made for the quality assurance activities of the Department of Defense's CHAMPUS program and of the 1980s successor to the PSROs, the federally designated peer-review organizations (PROs), established to ensure quality and utilization-efficient care for Medicare. Links between the federal and state gov­ ernments and between professional associations and private review entities have been developed to make this "shared responsibility" manifest in the delivery and reimbursement of health services. This responsibility is seen in light of both pro­ fessional and legal accountability, a view noted by Gibson and Singhas (1978) and Alger (1980). Accountability, then, becomes a concentric concept that elaborates on the pure view of quality and reflects the federal government's consumer protection activities during the 1970s. The Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals (JCAH), which has pro­ vided another primary historical leadership role in defining quality assurance, has promoted the evolution of the concept of resource limitations as a part of the defini­ tion of quality assurance.


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Editors and affiliations

  • George Stricker
    • 1
  • Alex R. Rodriguez
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Advanced Psychological StudiesAdelphi UniversityGarden CityNew York
  2. 2.Preferred Health Care, Ltd.WiltonUSA

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