Continuity of care for people with non-psychotic disorders

Catty, Jocelyn, Cowan, Naomi, Poole, Zoe and Clement, Sarah (2013) Continuity of care for people with non-psychotic disorders. International Journal of Social Psychiatry, 59 (1). pp. 18-27. ISSN 1741-2854

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Background: Service users with non-psychotic disorders are rarely studied. How continuity of care functions for this group is unknown. Aims: To compare users of community mental health teams with non-psychotic disorders to those with psychotic disorders in terms of demographic and illness characteristics, continuity of care and clinical and social functioning. Methods: Service users with non-psychotic disorders (N = 98) were followed up for one year and compared to 180 service users with psychotic disorders. Continuity of care factors were tested for association with user, illness and service variables. Results: Service users with non-psychotic disorders experienced more care transitions, but there were no differences in team practices in relation to these two different groups. Conclusion: The underlying concepts of continuity of care derived from users with psychotic disorders appear to be meaningful for users with non-psychotic disorders. Their greater likelihood of experiencing disruptive and distressing care transitions needs to be addressed.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online before print September 20, 2011. Additional authors: Gemma Ellis, Connie Geyer, Pascale Lissouba, Andrew Molodynski, Sarah White, Tom Burns
Subjects: Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Behaviour Disorders
Disabilities & Disorders (mental & physical) > Classification of Mental Disorders
Health and Medical Sciences > Patient Care
Department/People: Children, Young Adult and Family Services

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