North Birmingham assertive outreach evaluation of service users' quality of life
Commander, Martin, Sashidharan, Sashi, Rana, Tanvir and Ratnayake, Thilak. (2008) North Birmingham assertive outreach evaluation of service users' quality of life. Journal of Mental Health, Vol.17 (No.5). pp. 462-470. ISSN 0963-8237Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09638230701498416
Background: Although there is some evidence for the benefit of assertive outreach teams in reducing psychiatric bed usage, it is less certain whether they result in improvements to service users' quality of life.
Aims: To examine the change in quality of life of service users two years after their inception into an assertive outreach team.
Method: Service users (n=250) newly taken into five assertive outreach teams in the UK were followed up over two years. Objective and subjective quality of life was assessed at baseline and follow up.
Results: There were significant gains in service users' objective quality of life notably an increase in income at the end of two years. Overall subjective quality of life also improved significantly reflecting an increase in scores across all domains aside from family relations.
Conclusions: Service users in contact with assertive outreach teams may experience an improvement in both objective and subjective measures of quality of life.
Declaration of interest: None
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Medicine > Warwick Medical School|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Mental Health|
|Publisher:||Taylor & Francis|
|Official Date:||October 2008|
|Number of Pages:||9|
|Page Range:||pp. 462-470|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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