Richard J. Goldberg, MD, Rhode Island and The Miriam hospitals' psychiatrist-in-chief, has a keen interest in quality outcomes for mental health care. As a part of this focus on superior patient care, Goldberg sits on the National Quality Forum's Mental Health Steering Committee, where he will help endorse further national voluntary consensus standards for mental health outcomes. These standards will provide a framework to help define quality of care for mental health patients across the country.
The National Quality Forum's Mental Health Steering Committee is charged with examining the multiple factors involved in making these definitions, including symptoms, function and quality of life, as well as the locations where care is received, such as hospital and community settings. The goal is to ensure that patients receive well-coordinated care across all providers, settings and levels of care. The committee will identify, evaluate and endorse additional measures suitable for public reporting and quality improvement for general outcomes as well as those for specific areas such as depression, Alzheimer's disease and related disorders.
Goldberg is also involved on a local level, having presented on the topic of quality outcomes for mental health care at the first Lifespan Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Quality Conference in the fall of 2009.