Journal article

Does engagement with an intensive outreach service predict better treatment outcomes in 'high-risk' youth?

Carsten Schley, Kally Yuen, Karen Fletcher, Alessandra Radovini

EARLY INTERVENTION IN PSYCHIATRY | WILEY | Published : 2012

Abstract

AIM: Engagement is critical in ensuring that the most 'at risk' clients receive care from psychiatric services, but the relationship between engagement and treatment outcomes remains unclear. This study investigated possible improvements in client engagement and the relationship between engagement and treatment outcomes in a group of difficult-to-engage, 'high-risk' young people seen by the Intensive Mobile Youth Outreach Service (IMYOS) in Western Metropolitan Melbourne, Australia. METHODS: Data from standardized outcome measures on client engagement, suicidality, hostility, well-being and functioning obtained at referral, after initial assessment and at discharge, were analysed retrospecti..

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