7 Ways to Improve Quality Care in Mental Health Treatment
Mental Health Treatment
Mental disorders are common worldwide. However, whether they are treated with the same seriousness as physical illnesses is a question that needs to be asked often. Multiple research initiatives have explored ways to improve quality care in mental health treatment while understanding the sensitivity of each disorder.
In the US, only a third of those in need receive adequate mental healthcare, and most are subjected to poor quality of care, which slows down the rate of improvement. There is also the likelihood that unregulated treatments can worsen the patient’s mental health.
If done well, quality care can not only improve outcomes of care and patient experience, but it can also improve the lives of people working in healthcare institutions.
As a health administrator or a mental health professional, you need to tread carefully and look for rehabilitative quality care for your patients. Here are some ways you can do that.
1- Hiring Qualified Professionals
This might seem like a no-brainer, but mental health care is sensitive. If illnesses are treated without appropriate guidelines, the patient might have to deal with lasting consequences. So, when you’re looking to hire professionals, make sure their credentials are stellar, and they have recommendations from their previous places. Perhaps an unnecessary step generally, but have a look-through on their social media and any website they have for reviews.
Are they from the best schools for clinical psychology? How long have they been working as mental health professionals? The key to providing quality care is making sure you’ve covered all your bases.
Moreover, nurses and technicians should either go through a rigorous mental health sensitivity program or have gone through it in the past.
2- Ensuring treatment programs are effective
Mental health is still a subject that is slowly gaining momentum. This also means the treatments for certain illnesses are upgraded or changed every so often. Keeping up with the latest treatments and ensuring that the professionals at your practice use evidence-based practices will help make treatment programs more effective.
This also ties in with having qualified staff members to deliver treatments. They should have adequate certifications too. It is always important to ask, what treatment decisions are being made and under what observations? What can improve staff skills at the hospital?
3- Incentives for staff
Having a happy and content staff that doesn’t have to work long hours or when they are bone-tired is key to an effectively managed hospital, especially one that deals with mental illness patients.
To ensure everyone is happy and the work hours don’t exhaust your staff, have incentives in place for training and good outcomes. Team recreational activities are always an added bonus. Having a less stressful work environment allows the staff to focus better on their patients, consequently improving the quality of care provided to them.
4- Create a balance between pharmacological and psychological treatments
Medical practices often end up being disproportionately influenced by the pharmaceutical industry, which is true for psychiatry. As mental illnesses are still largely unknown and are a complex mix of biological and environmental factors, it is difficult to fully understand what drugs will be better suited for patients.
To provide quality care to patients, your practice should start with restoration treatments and, eventually, shift to medication. A marker of a good hospital is psychological interventions which are often as effective as medication.
5- Build data elements
Measurement and gathering data are vital to improving performance or quality or are needed to assess outcomes. It is important for a hospital to develop common data elements and implement them for checking mental health vital signs and diagnoses. They should be embedded with the existing electronic health records so that a consultant can have a full overview of the patient when looking for their history.
Maybe you can also introduce coding in digital and record systems to streamline administrative data for interventions like giving medication, psychotherapies, and other care processes. It will make the process of acquiring data more seamless.
6- Expand the pool of effective programs
For mental health care to improve significantly, it is important you increase the range of disorders, ages, and groups for which effective programs exist. You should also adapt programs to a variety of groups. Currently, the best programs for mental illnesses are in well-established, organized primary care settings. But there needs to be further improvement and progress in dealing with disorders in multiple settings.
For example, children with disorders like ADHD should have programs across primary care, specialty care, juvenile, schools and any other institution that serves children. This improves mental health sensitivity and the quality of care for people in various situations.
7- Improving infrastructure
For quality mental health care, there needs to be an infrastructure in place that promises a high level of care. A hospital system should fill gaps like lack of accountability, or it becomes difficult to improve the quality of care. Other than having professionals attest to their certifications or hiring individuals that uphold a certain standard required, there should be a way to streamline practitioners who deliver the best care.
Team leads should have experience in the field, and there should be interns who will eventually become skilled practitioners and improve your hospital’s reputation.
While there is already a negative stigma attached to receiving mental healthcare, it becomes even more important for institutions to take responsibility for practicing and disseminating materials that are sensitive to mental health. More people are likely to trust the system if the quality of their care improves and will seek support more readily.
Plus, to build that trust, your staff members are the institution’s backbone. So there should be a greater focus on workforce training and improving their ability to give quality care. The strategies for quality improvement should be introduced and applied routinely in diverse settings. Mental healthcare should be sensitive to cultural contexts and accompanied by extensive research that institutions should adequately fund.
Saad Mushtaq was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Saad Mushtaq has contributed to many online publications including the PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Saad Mushtaq earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Saad Mushtaq follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.Thanks
When Can You Sue For Getting Cancer?
Being diagnosed with cancer can be devastating and affect anyone at any age. Several factors, such as genetics and lifestyle, can cause it. However, cancer can also be caused by the negligence of others. In such an instance, you can sue the people responsible for causing your cancer and claim compensation for the diagnosis and any associated damages.
Determining when and who to sue for getting cancer can be a complex process. So, it’s a wise idea to hire a lawyer to get you through the process and get the compensation you deserve. The attorney can advise you on when, how, and whom to sue for getting cancer.
With that said, here’s when you can sue for getting cancer:
- Product Liability
You can sue for getting cancer from a defective product. For example, in one hair product cancer lawsuit, a claim was made that a hair straightening product was causing uterine cancer in women. The defects in the hair product increase the risk of developing uterine cancer for whoever uses it. If you think you’re in a similar situation, you can sue the manufacturers if a certain product increases your risk of developing cancer.
However, proving your case and claiming compensation can be challenging. In such a case, you must prove the defective product caused your cancer to sue the manufacturer or retailer. You’ll have to request tests on the products to prove the defect and the relationship to cancer development. The product defect has to have caused your cancer diagnosis directly. One example is when the product has excessive amounts of lead. You’ll need to hire experts or resort to government authorities to investigate the product to prove this. This way, you have a piece of solid evidence to sue the product manufacturer.
- Medical Negligence
Medical negligence is one of the most common reasons to sue for getting cancer. You could sue for medical malpractice if the doctors, healthcare facility, hospital, or other medical professionals failed to offer the standard of care causing your cancer diagnosis. For example, if the doctor failed to order necessary tests or misdiagnosed your case resulting in cancer progression, you can sue for medical negligence.
To successfully sue for medical negligence, you must prove that the medical practitioner’s actions directly caused your cancer diagnosis. You must also show that you suffered damage because of the negligent actions of the medical practitioner. By doing so, you can claim compensation for treatment of progressing cancer, lost wages if you cannot work, and pain and suffering.
- Environmental Factors
Exposure to environmental pollutants and toxins is a common risk factor for cancer. Prolonged exposure to asbestos at the workplace, radiation, and other chemicals can increase cancer risk. If you can prove your cancer was caused by exposure to a certain environmental toxin like asbestos, consider suing the company or entity responsible for the pollutants.
Suppose a company’s activities produce excessive radiation that affects the population in a specific area and results in cancer. In that case, you can sue that company for exposing you to toxins that caused the development of your cancer.
Like the previous points, you must prove your cancer was directly caused by a specific substance you were exposed to. You’ll also have to show that the exposure was from the negligence of the company or entity you’re suing. Another aspect you must consider is the entity’s knowledge of the potential risks of exposing people to the toxin or substance. Since you’ll also claim that the company or entity was negligent, expose their bad practices that contributed to the development of your cancer.
Additionally, working in a hazardous environment may expose you to substances or toxins that can increase your cancer risk. For instance, if you’re a construction worker with constant exposure to asbestos, you’ll be at risk of developing cancer. Working as a firefighter can also expose you to asbestos and other carcinogenic substances that cause cancer.
You can sue your employer for getting cancer while working in a hazardous environment. To be successful, you must prove the cancer was caused directly by exposure to a specific chemical or substance at the workplace or in the line of duty. For example, getting cancer from asbestos exposure at a construction site.
In such a suit, you’ll claim compensation for the medical expenses covering the diagnosis and treatment, lost wages, damages for the pain and suffering caused to you and your family, and other associated costs.
Conclusion Getting a cancer diagnosis because of someone else’s negligence can be traumatizing and devastating. However, you can get a little relief through compensation for the medical expenses and other related damages, such as pain and suffering. The process of suing for getting cancer can be complicated, and it’d be best to hire an experienced lawyer to handle the litigation process. An attorney can also advise on the available legal options available and the compensation to seek.
Khalil ur Rehman is a proud born and raised in Abbottabad. Khalil has worked as a journalist for nearly a decade having contributed to several large publications including the Yahoo News and The Verge. As a journalist for The Hear Up, Khalil covers climate and science news. [email protected]