Journal article

A qualitative evaluation of a regional Early Psychosis Service 3 years after its commencement

Thomas Callaly, Carmel A Ackerly, Mary E Hyland, Seetal Dodd, Melissa O'Shea, Michael Berk

Australian Health Review | CSIRO PUBLISHING | Published : 2010

Abstract

OBJECTIVE: To outline the major findings of a qualitative evaluation of an Early Psychosis Service 3 years after its establishment. DESIGN: Data to evaluate the service were collected from team meetings, focus groups, individual interviews and questionnaires administered to clinicians, school staff, patients, carers and families. SETTING: Barwon Health; Mental Health, Drug and Alcohol Services provide public mental health care to the Geelong, Victoria, region (population 270 000), which is a mixed urban and rural setting. The Early Psychosis Service model implemented involved the placement of two early psychosis workers into each of five adult geographically based Area Mental Health Teams ra..

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