This article published in the Journal of Mental Health explains the development of a Clinical Decision Support Tool (CDST), which allows for service users to be allocated to clusters on the basis of shared needs and points to care packages linked to needs.
The article concludes that the CDST provides an empirically based framework linking care packages to needs. It conveys professional understandings and assessments during care planning in a way that is accessible to people from a range of professional backgrounds, and service users and carers. It underpins the CPA process, and is increasingly the basis for care plans.
Detailed information systems are now being developed for the CDST to inform service planning and commissioning decisions.
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Self, R. et al (2008) Clinical Decision Support Tool: A rational needs-based approach to making clinical decisions. Journal of Mental Health – 17(1):Pages 33-48;