A survey of people with schizophrenia in an inner-city general practice was undertaken to identify levels of social disability, service receipt and patterns of care received. Contacts with general practitioners, psychiatrists, community psychiatric nurses and social workers were quantified, and the nature of the contacts assessed. Overall social disability for the group was marked (mean Health of the Nation Outcome Scales (HoNOS) rating 55.5). There was a correlation coefficient of +0.899 between the numbers of agencies involved and the overall HoNOS scores suggesting appropriate targeting of care. While there were few differences in the HoNOS ratings of the various contact subsets, there were significant differences in the extent of agencies contact with patients, the greatest number of contacts being in general practice. Limited information sharing, the absence of a formal shared care plan and sectorisation of services are thought to obstruct more effective general practice involvement in care.
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