Social networks and service use among representative cases of psychosis in South London.
Background Large social networks in patients with severe mental illness have been reported to be associated with a low rate of hospitalisation.
We aim to determine whether social network size is related to the likelihood of hospitalisation and the amount ofservice use.
Method As part of a prospective controlled study baseline interview data for a random sample of one-year prevalent cases with non-organic psychosis were analysed with respect to social network characteristics and service use during a six-month period.
Results The likelihood of hospitalisation decreased with an increase in network size, while the number ofservices used by patients grew as the social network size increased.
Conclusions While larger social networks may be associated with a lower likelihood of hospitalisation, they may also be related to wider use of non-hospital services.
Mots-clés Pascal : Psychose, Hospitalisation, Réseau social, Support social, Interaction sociale, Utilisation, Service santé, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Psychosis, Hospitalization, Social network, Social support, Social interaction, Use, Health service, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 97-0402589
Code Inist : 002B18I09. Création : 19/12/1997.