The shift from hospital to community care for people with mental health problems places continuing demands on community-based services.
However, comparatively little is known about the patterns of service use among those previously resident in psychiatric hospitals.
In this study, a total of 145 former long-stay psychiatric patients in Northern Ireland (NI) - most with a diagnosis of schizophrenia and aged under 60 - were followed up one year after discharge to identify the type and frequency of service use during the previous six months.
Although a wide range of services was used, GPs, CPNs and social workers respectively were central to client care outside hospital.
However, access to, and use of, services - influenced, in part, by the unique integrated health and social services structure in NI - varied widely across types and sectors of accommodation.
The findings have implications both for the successful management of community placement for former long-stay patients and for the planning and implementation of services for future more dependent cohorts.
Mots-clés Pascal : Utilisation, Service santé, Services sociaux, Santé mentale, Système santé, Schizophrénie, Irlande du Nord, Royaume Uni, Europe, Homme, Psychose
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Use, Health service, Social assistance, Mental health, Health system, Schizophrenia, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom, Europe, Human, Psychosis
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 98-0247628
Code Inist : 002B18H05B. Création : 11/09/1998.