Investigating the validity and usability of an interactive computer programme for assessing competence in telephone-based mental health triage

Natisha Sands, Stephen Elsom, Sandra Keppich-Arnold, Kathryn Henderson, Peter King, Karen Bourke-Finn, Debra Brunning

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Telephone-based mental health triage services are frontline health-care providers that operate 24/7 to facilitate access to psychiatric assessment and intervention for people requiring assistance with a mental health problem. The mental health triage clinical role is complex, and the populations triage serves are typically high risk; yet to date, no evidence-based methods have been available to assess clinician competence to practice telephone-based mental health triage. The present study reports the findings of a study that investigated the validity and usability of the Mental Health Triage Competency Assessment Tool, an evidence-based, interactive computer programme designed to assist clinicians in developing and assessing competence to practice telephone-based mental health triage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)80-86
Number of pages7
JournalInternational Journal of Mental Health Nursing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • competency
  • mental health
  • telephone triage
  • triage

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