Engaging People with Enduring Psychotic Conditions in Primary Mental Health Care and Occupational Therapy

Category Primary study
JournalThe British Journal of Occupational Therapy
Year 2003
For people who have enduring psychotic conditions, interventions need to improve social functioning as well as reducing clinical problems. There is also a need to engage and keep in touch with general practitioner (GP) patients who have fallen out of contact with specialist psychiatric care. A new model of service was designed to engage this patient group: an expanded primary care team in an inner-city area. The team extended the GP role, provided occupational therapy and care management and used liaison psychiatry. A case study design with mixed methods was used to investigate the new service. This article reports the quantitative investigation of engagement, clinical and social outcomes and cost consequences. The results showed that, at the start of the study, 37 people with psychotic conditions were in the sole care of their GPs; of these, 34 (92%) engaged with the new service. The sample of 28 receiving 12 months' interventions started with low levels of social functioning, which required intervention. Following interventions, they showed significant improvements in social functioning, clinical symptoms and Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS). The costs were favourable when compared with similar services. The study suggests that expanded primary care, with occupational therapy and care management, can be a feasible service to improve people's engagement and functioning.
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First added on: Aug 05, 2014