PCMIS: a unique link to mental health research
PCMIS was developed at The University of York in 2006, in partnership with mental health researchers in the Department of Health Sciences.
Since PCMIS was developed, the Mental Health and Addiction Research Group (MHARG) in the Department of Health Sciences has formed. MHARG is a leading UK centre for large trials and related studies, focused on the care of people with addictions or mental health problems, as well as on prevention. It is a centre of research excellence, with studies designed to inform health policy. The overall aim of the group is to use high quality evidence to make a real difference to the lives of people affected by mental health and addiction problems, by ensuring NHS mental health services are effective, efficient and equitable.
Our direct link to the high quality research conducted within MHARG puts us in a unique position amongst our competitors, with first-hand access to cutting-edge applied mental health research, which we can use to inform our system. Equally, any information that we feed back to MHARG can inform and direct their research. This close reciprocal relationship gives us a real advantage when it comes to helping your service to improve outcomes for clients.
PCMIS evolves in a cycle, informed by current research. The first step in this cycle involves the collection of large volumes of clinical data, often from services already using PCMIS. We then collaborate with scientists in the MHARG to investigate these data. Based on the findings, new clinical support tools such as client outcome prediction models can then be developed. These features and tools are then empirically investigated, often by involving clinicians and researchers in testing them. Finally, the data from these tests is collected and the cycle begins again.
You can see a full list of the studies which have used PCMIS data or have influenced the development of the system here.
For more information on how the PCMIS research-led mental health case management system could help your service, get in touch today.