Declaration of interest P.M.H. worked for the National and Trustwide Services for OCD and BDD, South West London and St George's NHS Trust as a Core Trainee year 3 from August 2014 to February 2015. L.M.D. works for the National and Trustwide Services for OCD and BDD, and the National Specialist Commissioning Team Service for OCD and BDD.
Aims and method To examine how often referring community mental health teams (CMHTs) utilised treatment recommendations made by the national highly specialised service for patients with severe obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD) and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). We analysed all patient notes for admissions to the unit (August 2012–August 2014) and recorded how many treatment recommendations were implemented by CMHTs prior to admission and at 6 months post-discharge.
Results Overall, 66% of our recommendations were met by CMHTs prior to admission and 74% after discharge. Most recommendations concerned medication and the continued need for care coordination by the CMHT.
Clinical implications A significant proportion of patients in our audit did not receive optimum treatment in the community as recommended by our service. As highly specialised services are a limited resource and these patients have not responded to previous treatment, this has implications for the use of such resources.
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