2008 issue 4


Volume 17, issue 4

Original article

The usefulness of the ESMS instrument for the assessment of community care

Jolanta Skiba1, Katarzyna Prot1
1. Centrum Zdrowia Psychicznego Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii 2008; 17 (4): 319-325
Keywords: community psychiatry, mobile community teams, ESMS-b instrument


Objectives. The aim of the study was to assess the ESMS questionnaire usefulness for the description of community care in Poland.
Method. Five Mobile Community Teams were surveyed using a short version of the ESMS-b questionnaire. They were compared with regard to their structure and functioning, as well as the catchment areas served. Moreover, the organization mental health services provision in their respective areas was compared.
Results. The Mobile Community Teams were found to differ not only in their structure and functioning, but also in respect of sociodemographic characteristics of the regions in which they work.
Conclusions. The ESMS questionnaire used in the pilot study allows to compare various regions in Poland in terms of the Mobile Community Team structure and range of mental health services provided. The instrument shows the existing shortages of the community mental health services available in Warsaw.

Address for correspondence:
Mgr Jolanta Skiba
Centrum Zdrowia Psychicznego Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii
Al. Sobieskiego 9, 02-957 Warszawa
tel. 0-22-45-82-751