Assertive community treatment of the mentally ill: service model and effectiveness.
Adaobi Udechuku, James Olver, Karen Hallam, Frances Blyth, Melissa Leslie, Marina Nasso, Paul Schlesinger, Lorraine Warren, Miles Turner, Graham Burrows
Australas Psychiatry | Published : 2005
OBJECTIVE: To provide a description of the service delivery model of an assertive community treatment (ACT) team in the management of a group of severely mentally ill patients and examine the effectiveness of this team in reducing readmissions to a psychiatric inpatient service. METHOD: A clinical case audit was performed on a single day in September 2001. Admission episodes and duration were collected for patients registered with the team in the 12 month period prior to ACT and for a period of 12 months ending on the day of the audit. Forty-three patients were registered with the team at the time of data collection. The majority (79%) were diagnosed with schizophrenia and there were high ra..View full abstract