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Quality Assurance in Psychiatry

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The World Psychiatric Section on Quality Assurance (QA) in Psychiatry focuses on quality improvement initiatives internationally. Recognising that there are significant gaps between what is known to be effective (best practices) and what is actually delivered, the QA Section attempts to define barriers and explore solutions to improve the quality of care rendered in different social and economic settings.


Over the last decade one important focus has been on defining the optimal characteristics of Practice Guidelines and Measures and reviewing and disseminating established Practice Guidelines and contrasting guidelines for the same disorder from different countries. Other efforts has explored QA initiatives of systems of care and the impact these projects have had on outcomes. The QA Section has had minimal success in intra – section collaboration and it is goal of the Section to increase these collaborative efforts.

Section Officers



Wolfgang Gaebel

Univ.-Prof. Dr. med.

Vice President European Brain Council WHO Collaborating Centre‎
DEU-131 LVR-Klinikum Düsseldorf
Kliniken der Heinrich-Heine-Universität Düsseldorf
Bergische Landstraße 2
40629 Düsseldorf
Tel. 0211/922-2040
Fax 0211/922-2031


John ‘Jack’ McIntyre


University of Rochester 2000 Winton Road South Rochester, NY 14618 
United States of America
Phone: +1 585 721 3660
Fax: +1 585 473 3741


Jagannathan Srinivasaraghavan


Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry Southern Illinois University School of Medicine
Medical Director
Chester Mental Health Center
IL 62233
Phone: +1 618 861 0311

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Section News

Upcoming online courses

The Section on Quality Assurance in Psychiatry will running an online courses on Quality Management in Mental Health & Care. Course dates are due to be confirmed in the coming months and will be communicated on the WPA website. The course outline can be found here.

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