Date of Award


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy



First Advisor

Dr. Paul T. Mountjoy

Second Advisor

Dr. Jack Michael

Third Advisor

Dr. Thelma Urbick

Fourth Advisor

Dr. Dale Brethower


The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of various conditions, including staff training and feedback to improve the documentation of patient progress in a mental health facility. Forty nursing staff members participated in this study. Subjects were «posed to one of three experimental conditions. Subjects in the training-only condition received two hours of training on how to write progress notes. Subjects in the training plus feedback condition received two hours of training and weekly feedback in the form of group performance graphs and verbal explanation of their progress. Subjects in the third condition served merely as a control group. Results indicate that the progress notes written by the staff in the training-plus-feedback condition showed the most consistent improvement.

Access Setting

Dissertation-Open Access