2001 issue 4

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Volume 10, issue 4

Original article

Effectiveness of the

Ludmiła Boguszewska1, ELŻBIETA SŁUPCZYŃSKA-KOSSOBUDZKA1, STANISŁAW WÓJTOWICZ1
1. Zakład Organizacji Ochrony Zdrowia Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2001, 10, 301-309
Keywords: evaluative studies, mobile community teams, community psychiatry

Abstract

The aim of the study was to check to what extent the very good effects attained after a year by a mobile community team could be maintained over the next three years. Participants in the study – 58 patients diagnosed with schizophrenia mostly – were assessed thrice: prior to their entering the program, at 12 months of their participation in the program, and at a three-year follow-up. After the four years of their receiving community-based care levels of improvement as high as after the first year were found to be maintained on two measures: satisfaction with treatment and frequency of hospitalizations. On the other hand, in the remaining evaluative measures, i.e. all areas of social functioning, duration of hospitalization, and self-rated family burden due to patient's behavior, the same pattern was found: a marked improvement after the first year of community care provision was followed by a deterioration at the three-year follow-up. Nevertheless, the improvement at the follow-up was significant in relation to the baseline levels.

Address for correspondence:
Mgr Ludmiła Boguszewska,
Zakład Organizacji Ochrony Zdrowia Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii,
Al. Sobieskiego 9,
02-957 Warszawa