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Evaluating mental health policy in England: care programme approach and supervision registers

Bindman, Jonathan and Beck, Anatole and Glover, Gyles R. and Thornicroft, Graham and Knapp, Martin and Leese, Morven and Szmukler, George (1999) Evaluating mental health policy in England: care programme approach and supervision registers. British Journal of Psychiatry, 175 (4). pp. 327-330. ISSN 1472-1465

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Identification Number: 10.1192/bjp.175.4.327


BACKGROUND: The Care Programme Approach (CPA) and supervision register policies in England are intended to prioritize patients to receive specialist mental health care. AIMS: To describe and evaluate the practical application of the policies. METHOD: A questionnaire survey of key informants in mental health provider trusts and an analysis of aggregated data collected by health authorities using the Mental Illness Needs Index as a measure of population need. RESULTS: On average, 1175 per 100,000 total population are subject to the CPA (95% CI = 1055-1309) and 8.6 per 100,000 (95% CI = 7.5-9.9) are on supervision registers. Wide local variations in the number of people subject to the CPA and supervision registers are not explained by variations in population need. CONCLUSIONS: Prioritization to receive specialist mental health services is carried out inconsistently, and inequitable use of resources may result.

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Additional Information: © 1999 Royal College of Psychiatrists
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Research centres and groups > NIHR School for Social Care Research
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2008 10:03
Last Modified: 30 May 2012 15:14

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