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So what shall we do about assertive community treatment?

  • Sonia Johnson

Abstract

The usefulness of Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) in European countries with well-developed community care systems has been disputed, despite considerable relevant literature. This paper aims to assess reasons for and against implementing ACT in such countries. ACT may not be useful where generic community mental health teams are not yet well-developed, where admission rates are already low, or where an alternative model based on close integration of a full range of types of care is in place. Good reasons for introducing ACT include listening to patients' preferences, being able to monitor a high risk group of patients more successfully, good staff satisfaction, and the potential for using ACT teams as a platform for delivering interventions for difficult to treat psychosis. The ACT model is more likely to thrive in future if a recovery orientation can be adopted.

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Address for correspondence: Dr. S. Johnson, UCL, Department of Mental Health Sciences (Bloomsbury Campus) 67-73 Riding House Street, 2nd Floor, Charles Bell House, London W1W 7EJ, (United Kingdom). E-mail: s.johnson@ucl.ac.uk

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