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Assertive outreach: policy and reality

  • Justine Schneider (a1), Toby Brandon (a2), David Wooff (a3), John Carpenter (a4) and Roger Paxton (a5)...
Abstract
Aims and Method

This survey set out to profile the case-loads of assertive outreach teams in North East England, to discover whether they were reaching the people for whom they were meant. A survey of case-loads of 29 assertive outreach teams was carried out using the MARC-2, HoNOS and GAS instruments. Findings were compared with earlier surveys of the case-loads of community mental health teams in parts of the same region.

Results

Clients of assertive outreach teams proved to be at the more severe end of the spectrum on almost every measure: 95% were deemed ‘psychotic’ and 30% had three or more admissions in the previous 2 years.

Conclusions

Assertive outreach teams in the North East are reaching the people they are meant to target. The effects of this shift on existing teams remain to be evaluated.

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Assertive outreach: policy and reality

  • Justine Schneider (a1), Toby Brandon (a2), David Wooff (a3), John Carpenter (a4) and Roger Paxton (a5)...
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