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Housing services for people with mental disorders in England: patient characteristics, care provision and costs

Priebe, Stefan, Saidi, Marya, Want, Anna, Mangalore, Roshni and Knapp, Martin (2009) Housing services for people with mental disorders in England: patient characteristics, care provision and costs. Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology, 44 (10). pp. 805-814. ISSN 0933-7954

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Abstract

Background and aims: Since de-institutionalisation, housing services have taken a central role in the care of patients with severe mental illness. Yet, little is known about the characteristics of patients in different housing services, what care they receive, and what costs are generated. This study aimed to assess patient characteristics, care provision and costs in different types of housing services in England. Methods: In 12 representative local areas in England, 250 housing services were randomly selected. Information on services, characteristics of randomly selected patients and care received were obtained from managers. Results: Data from 153 services (61% response rate) and 414 patients were analysed. Most patients receive support with activities of daily living and are involved in some sort of occupational activities. 52% have a care co-ordinator in a community mental health team. Care provision and costs differed significantly between care homes, supported housing services and floating support services. Conclusions: Quality standards may have to be defined and applied to ensure that all patients in housing services receive appropriate care. More input of mental health services may be required for the rehabilitation and recovery of patients.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.springerlink.com
Additional Information: © 2009 Springer
Library of Congress subject classification: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
Sets: Departments > Social Policy
Research centres and groups > LSE Health
Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
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Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2009 09:55
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/25439/

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